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ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



Town ©f Acton 



(MASS.) 



FROM 



^ MARCH 12, 1894, TO MARCH 12, 1895. •#► 




A i ft 

CO- 



HUDSON, MASS.: 

THE ENTERPRISE PRINTING COMPANY, 
l8 95 . 



REFERENCE BOOK 

ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 



Town Officers = 1894 



srfr#t+*£t 



TOWN CLERK. 

/Tuttle. 



E. F. Conant. 
Phineas Wetherbee. 
j7rmssr£v-¥#€&& 



Herman' A. Gould. 



Chas. J. Williams. 



SELECTMEN. 

Daniel J. Wetherbee. 

ASSESSORS. 

James P>. Tuttle. 

OVERSEERS OF THE POOR. 

Edwin C. Parker. 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES. 

Wm. F. Stevens. 

TREASURER. 

Jonathan K. W. Wetherbee. 

ROAD COMMISSIONERS. 

William H. Kinsley. 

AUDITOR. 

Hiram J. Hapgood. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 

Isaiah Hutchins. 



Isaiah Hutchins. 
Anson C. Piper. 
Lyman Tuttle." 



Nahum Littlefield. 



Horace F. Tuttle. 



Frank A. Houston. Wm, H. Hartwell. 

CONSTABLES AND FIELD DRIVERS. 



James 1! Kinslev. 



John Fletcher. 



Edwin A. Phalen. 
Reuben L. Eeed. 

CEMETERY COMMITTEE. 

Levi W. Stevens. 



William F. Stevens. 



Horace F. Tuttle. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



FENCE VIEWERS. 

Nahum C. Reed. Francis Conant. J. R. Houghton. 

SURVEYORS OF WOOD AND LUMBER, ETC. 

Augustus Fletcher. Ed. F. Richardson. Edgar H. Hall. 

Jonathan P. Fletcher. Herbert T. Clark. John F. Davis. 

George H. Harris. James E. Billings. 

INSPECTOR OF CATTLE. 

Alvord H. Rose. 

REGISTRARS OF VOTERS. 

Samuel A. Guilford. Julian Tuttle. James McGreen. 

Wm. D. Tuttle, Clerk. 

TRUSTEES OF WILDE MEMORIAL LIBRARY. 

Luther Conant. Moses Taylor. Daniel J. Wetherbee. 

Adelbert Mead. Delette H. Hall. Hiram J. Hapgood. 

William D. Tuttle. Chas. J. Williams. Lucius A. Hesselton. 

ENGINEERS OF FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Wm. H. Kinsley. Daniel H. Farrar. 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. 

Wm. F. Stevens. 

WEIGHERS OF HAY AND COAL. 

Jona P. Fletcher. D. J. Wetherbee. Eugene Stevens. 

Charles J. Williams. 



L o 



UNDERTAKER. 

Isaac F. Duren. 

JANITOR OF TOWN HALL. 

Chas. W. Pitman. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Treasurer's Report. 



TOWN OF ACTON in account with J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer. 
1895. Dr. 

March 12. To cash paid, State tax, $1,300 00 

" " County tax, 1,421 70 

" " on Selectmen's 

orders, $28,787 65 

Balance due the town, 740 78 



$32,250 13 
1894. Cr. 

March 12. By balance in the treasury, $2,844 94 
Eeceived from First National Bank of Ayer, 

borrowed money, 3,000 00 

First National Bank of Ayer, bor- 
rowed money, . 2,000 00 

Estate of William Davis, borrowed 

money, 400 00 

Nathan Johnson, for grass in Wood- 
lawn cemetery, 6 00 

Arthur Jones, lor support of Mrs. 

A. M. Jones, 110 :") 

James B. Tuttle, for milk sold at 

Town Farm, 680 60 

James B. Tuttle, for one cow sold 

at Town Farm, 30 00 

Cattle Commissioners, for one cow 

at Town Farm, 17 00 

James B. Tuttle, for apples sold at 

Town Farm, 227 13 



6 ANNUAL REPORT 



Eec'd James B. Tuttle, for poultry sold at 

Town Farm, 
James B. Tuttle, for eggs sold at 

Town Farm, 
James B. Tuttle, for wood sold at 

Town Farm, 
James B. Tuttle, for peas sold at 

Town Farm, 
James B. Tuttle, for bbls. sold at 

Town Farm. 
James B. Tuttle, for calves sold at 

Town Farm, 
James B. Tuttle, for one umbrella 

Town Farm. 
James B. Tuttle, for keeping tramp 

over night, 
C. H. dark, on account of super- 
vision of schools, 
Arthur Blanehard, for license to 

slaughter, 
Tuttle, Jones & Wetherbee, license 

to slaughter, 
Fobes & Clough, license to slaughter, 
Moses A. Reed, license to slaughter, 
L. W. Stevens, for lots sold in 

Mount Hope cemetery, 
John Fletcher, for lots sold in 

AVoodlawn cemetery, 
Estate of Sylvester Haynes, hospital 

expenses, 
Estate of Sylvester Haynes, burial 

expenses, 
Acton Memorial Library, for fines, 
District Court of Central Massachu- 
setts, for fines, 91 40 



87 


08 


71 


36 


5 


60 


3 80 


12 


25 


1 


25 


1 


00 


575 


00 


1 


00 


1 


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1 


00 


1 


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51 00 


18 00 


51 


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63 


12 


83 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Bec'd State Treasurer, corporation tax, : '"$557 11 
State Treasurer, National bank tax, 191 45 
State Treasurer, Military aid, Chap. 

279, acts 1889, 158 75 

State Treasurer, State aid, Chap. 

301, acts 1889, 552 00 

State Treasurer, support of State 

pauper, • 2 50 

State Treasurer, income of Mass. 

School fund, 216 0G 

County Treasurer, award on turn- 
pike, , 1,000 00 
County Treasurer, dog tax, ■ ■ 206 70 
Towns of North Brookfield and Stur- 

bridge,f or printing truant, notices, 1 82 
Town of Boxboro, for tuition of 

Alice P. Willard and Alex Losau, 40 00 
F. O'Neil, for glass broken at East 

school house, , . 45 

F. W. Bobbins, for shingles and . 

scantling, 5 28 

C. W. Pitman, for rent of Town hall. 

and cellar, 90 25 

Wm. F. Stevens, Collector, taxes for 

A. D. 1893, 856 00 

Wm. F. Stevens, Collector, taxes for 

A. D. 1894, 18,080 57 

Interest on money in bank, 87 54 

~ $32,250 13 



J. K. W. WETHEBBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



8 ANNUAL REPORT 



Treasurer's Report of Money held for Care of Lots in 
Cemeteries. 

1895. 

March 12. Dr. 

To Hepsabeth Piper fund, 
Frederick Rouillard fund, 
William W. Davis fund. 
Jedediah Tuttle fund, 
Nancy K, Handley fund, 
Mary Skinner fund, 
Eliza A. Whitcomb fund, 
Cash received from the Town for care of 
lots, 



$50 00 


100 00 


100 00 


50 00 


500 00 


200 00 


75 00 


of 


32 24 



$1,107 24 



Cr. 



By cash paid Moses A Reed, for labor on lot 

of Nancy R. Handley, 27 24 

By cash paid Nathan Johnson, for labor on 

lot of Frederick Rouillard, 5 00 

By cash in treasury, » 1,075 



,107 24 



J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



I have examined the report of the Treasurer and find it 
correct. 

HIRAM J. HAPGOOD, 

Auditor of the Town of Acton. 



TOWX OF ACTON. 



Selectmen's Report, 



To the Citizens of Acton : 






We respectfully submit to you our 


annual report, 


together 


with recommendations for the current y 


ear. 




For Memorial Library, 




$550 00 




( Celebration 19th of April, 




500 00 




1 Eoads and bridges, 




2,300 00 




' State Tax, 




1,400 00 




' County Tax, 




1,400 00 




' Overlay in gs, 




400 00 




" Schools, 


, 


4,400 00 




' Supt. of schools, 




475 00 




i Transportation of scholars, 




755 00 




'* School supplies, 




475 00 


" Scientific apparatus, 




100 00 


Town charges, the following : 






Discount on taxes, 


$1,000 00 




Interest of debt, 


225 00 




Printing, 


150 00 




Support of poor, 


700 00 




Town officers, 


1100 00 




Cemetery expenses, 


225 00 




Street lamps. 


350 00 




Miscellaneous expenses, 


1,000 00 


4,750 00 



$17,505 00 

Should you vote according to these recommendations at your 

April meeting, your rate of taxation for the present year need 

not exceed $11.00 and still reduce the debt about $1,000. We 



10 ANNUAL REPORT 



base our estimate on the ordinary expenses of the year. Should 
you sell the Town Farm, then your receipts would be increased 
sufficient to cancel the debt and place a credit to the town. 

Then with the town out of debt and our rate of taxation not 
over $10. we would be on a good financial standing to take up 
the water question. 

Following is the- Financial Report : 

SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS. 

CENTRE SCHOOL. 

Paid Susie E. Conant, teacher, 36 weeks, $360 00 
Nathan Johnson, janitor, ■ 45 00 

" " cutting and getting in 

wood, 

" " matches, 

George Greenough, 6,450 lbs. coal, 
H. F. Tuttle, for cleaning room, 
Luther Conant, wood, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., wire, 

" " " oil, 



NORTH SCHOOL 

Paid Lillian Richardson, teacher, 12 weeks, 
a a u 94 

John Maines, janitor, 

Samuel Harris, w 

W. B. Harriman, " 

John Maines, cleaning, 

E. Jones & Co., 1810 lbs. coal, 

W. H. Hartwell, wood, 

" " " teaming coal, 

" " " wood, 
Bickford, coal, 

E. Jones & Co., 6000 lbs. coal, 
" " 7290 " 



13 53 


20 


18 38 


4 65 


14 90 


90 


10 


s, $108 00 


240 00 


19 00 


2 00 


6 00 


10 00 


5 25 


3 50 


2 00 


2 00 


2 92 


18 00 


21 87 



$457 66- 



TOWN OF ACTON. 11 



Tattles, Jones & Wetherbee, 2 curtains, $1 00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., 1 sieve, 20 

" " 1 broom, 35 



EAST SCHOOL. 

Paid Lucy M. Booth, teacher, 12 weeks, $120 00 

Ida A. Hapgood, " 24 weeks, 240 00 

Frank O'Neil, janitor, 12 -25 

Watts, " 9 00 

Johnson, " 8 00 

Mrs. Manion, cleaning room, 3 50 

D. J. Wetherbee, 11180 lbs. coal, 27 45 

James R. Cole, teaming, 2 25 

W. C. Bobbins, 2 cords wood, 8 00 

O. Houghton, cutting " 2 00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., pails, 45 

" 2 brushes, ' oo 

" " 1 " 1 25 

" 1 coal hod, 45 

1 thermometer, 15 

broom, 35 

1 dipper, 10 



SOUTH SCHOOLS. 

Paid Hattie L. Tuttle, teacher, Grammar, 36 

weeks, $360 00 

Bertha L. Gardner, teacher, Primary, 36 

weeks, 
C. L. Bradford, janitor, 

" " cleaning rooms, 

" " cutting and getting in 

wood, 
Elnathan Jones, 1 cord wood, 
I. F. Duren, 3-4 " " 



u a 



360 00 


90 00 


5 00 


2 25 


5 00 


3 00 



$442 09 



$435 75 



12 ANNUAL REPORT 



Paid M. Hannon, cleaning vault, (2), $ 2 00 

F. J. Hastings & Co., 2100 lbs. coal, 6 56 
Ella Miller, asst. teacher, spring term, 

primary, 20 00 

F. J. Hastings, 10145 lbs. coal, 28 41 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 1 pail, 17 

" " " 1 dipper, 10 



a a a 

a a (i 

a a it 



2 dust pans, 20 

brush, 35 

1 duster, 67 
" " " screws and 

paper, 24 

2 dippers, Q6 
polish, 30 
1 blacking, 08 
chain, 20 
bot. glue, 12 

it x it a 

a a a 

a tt tt 



a >t 

a a 

a a 

a it 



sal. ammonia, 1 00 
1 watering pot, 25 
1 paper tacks, 05 



WEST SCHOOLS. 

Paid Albertie M. Preston, teacher, Grammar, 

36 weeks, $360 00 
Harriet H. Gardner, teacher, Primary, 

36 weeks, 360 00 

F. W. Green, janitor, 77 00 

" " cleaning rooms, 4 95 

E. C. Parker & Co., 2110 lbs. coal, 6 75 

" » 17890 " 48 30 

W. P>. Holt, 2 dippers, 50 

C. H. Mead & Co., 2 bot. mucilage, 20 

" " 7 yds. cord, 21 

" « ' 1 duster, 2 25 

" " pr. trimmers, 45 



$886 61 







TOWN OF 


ACTON. 


13 


Paid C. H. 


Mead & Co. 


, 1 mug, 


# 


$ 10 


u 


a 


2 brooms, 




48 


a 


u 


1 ivorine, 




12 


a 


a 


soapine, 




12 


a 


a 


ball cord, 




10 



HIGH SCHOOL. 

Paid W. A. Charles, principal, 36 weeks, $1,000 00 
Florence Fletcher, asst. teacher, 36 wks., 450 00 



C. L. Bradford 


janitor, 


90 00 


.( u 


cleaning rooms, 


5 00 


F. J. Hastings 


& Co., 2100 lbs. coal, 


6 56 


a u 


10145 " 


28 40 


C. J. Williams 


for orchestra for grad- 






uating exercises, 


15 00 


a it 


for constable for gradu- 






ating exercises, 


2 00 


u a 


work in hall for gradu- 






ating exercises, 


60 


u a 


book for prizes. 


2 15 


J. L. Hammett, writing diplomas, 


1 50 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 1 brush, 


67 



,3 yds. ribbon, 54 
curtain fixture, 12 

1 brush, 2 00 

2 baskets, 2 00 
1 dipper, 33 



SCHOOL SUPPLIES. 

Paid J. L. Hammett, $195 61 

Ginn & Co., 142 31 

Am. Book Co., 163 20 

Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 10 41 

Lee & Shepard, 15 92 



$861 53 



$1,606 87 



14 ANNUAL REPORT 



Paid University Publishing Co., $ 15 00 

D. C. Heath & Co., 6 98 

Maynard, Merrill & Co., 4 00 

Public School Printing Co., 3 15 

Win. Jennings, express, 5 12 

C. J. Williams, for express, 3 15 



$564 85 



SCIENTIFIC APPARATUS. 

Paid Thomas Hall & Son, $109 56 

TRANSPORTATION OF SCHOLARS. 

Paid W. S. Jones, South East scholars, $180 00 

Paid for scholars to High School : — 

J.- W. Parsons, 1, 24 00 

John Maynes, 1, 24 00 

Mrs. Kate Varney, 1, one term, 7 50 

D. J. Wetkerbee, 1, 21 00 
J. A. Bassett, 1, 21 00 
P. E. Emory, 1, two terms, 14 00 
S. H. Taylor, 1, 19 00 
W. G. Davis, 1, two terms, 14 00 
C. I. Miller, 2, 54 00 

" " 1, one term, 6 00 

Luther Conant, 1, 18 00 

M. E. Taylor, 2, 36 00 

G. W. Poore, 1, 12 00 

F. P. Wood, 1, 18 00 

E. F. Conant, 1, 18 00 
Charles Edwards, 1, 18 00 
Robert Wayne, 1, 18 00 
L. C. Taylor,^, 18 00 
Mrs. Jennie M. Kraetzer, 1, 9 00 
Mrs. Caroline Handley, 1, 9 00 
W. H. Teele, 1, one term, 3 00 
C. K Holbrook, 1, 9 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



15 



Paid Mrs. Emma Gilmore, 1. one term, 


$ 3 00 


Thos. Scanlon, 1, 




9 00 


H. A. Litflefield, 2, 




18 00 


G. W. Clark, 1, two terms, 




6 00 


F. R. Knowlton, 1, 




9 00 


Geo. B. Parker, 1, 




9' 00 


8. A. Guilford, 1, 




9 00 


John Davis, 1, 




9 00 


David C. Cutler, 1, 




9 00 


J. A. Goding, 1, 




9 00 


A. M. Knowlton. 1, 




9 00 


W. L. Mead, 1, 




9 00 


Mrs. E. I. Teele, 1, 




9 00 


J. E. Richardson, 1, 




9' 00 


Amanda Bryant, 1, 




9 00 


Geo. A. Hayward, 1, onetei 


■m, 


3 00 


A. F. Blanchard, 1, " " 


3 00 


Geo. B. Wetherbee, 1, 




9 00 


E. S. Rich, 1, two terms, 


6 00 


Franklin Leighton, 1, " 


a 


6 00 


F. H. Whitcomb, 1, " 


u 


6 00 


Eliza J. Shattuck, 1, " 


i. 


6 00 


David C. Harris, 1, " 


a 


18 00 


Geo. T. Knowlton/1, one 


a 


3 00 






$765 50 


STREET 


LAMPS. 


t 


Paid Henry Barker, 2, 




$4 96 


E. I. Banks, 




2 48 


L. V. Clough, 2, 




4 96 


Gardner Clark, 




2 48 


I. F. Duren, 




2 48 


0. L. Dart, 




2 48 


A. J. Fletcher, 




2 48 


J. P. Flecther, 




4 96 



16 



ANNUAL REPORT 



Paid H. J. Hapgood, 


$2 48 


F. A. Houston, 


2 48 


F. J. Hastings & Co., 


2 48 


L. S. Hosmer, 


2 48 


L. A. Hesselton, 


2 48 


Francis Hosmer, 


2 48 


D. C. Harris, 


2 48 


W. H. Jones, 


2 48 


Elmathan Jones, 


2 48 


A. H. Jones, 


2 48 


Mrs. M. E. Lothrope, 


2 48 


Frank Merriam, 


2 48 


A. Merriam, 2, 


4 96 


A. C. Piper, 


2 48 


Mrs. Kuth Piper, 


2 48 


E. K Bobbins, 


2 48 


Tuttle, Jones and Wetherbee, 3, 


7 44 


F. Z. Taylor, 


2 48 


Edwin Tarbell, 


2 48 


G. W. Worster, 


2 48 


C. S. Sinionds, 


2 48 


Acton Centre Improvement Society, 65, 


161 20 


West Acton Street Lighting Asso., 41, 


101 68 


$349 68 



STATE AID. 

Paid W. B. Ball (Chap. 279, Acts 1889) board 

52 weeks, $182 50 

Allen G. Smith, " 60 00 

Addison B. Wheeler, " 60 00 

Mary Jane Brown, Chap. 30J , Acts 1889, 

1 month, 2 00 

Emma F. Blood, " 

12 months, 48 00 

Richard J. Dane, " 

12 months, 60 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



17 



Paid Louisa Hobart, Chap. 


301, 


Acts of 1889, 




2 months, 






$ 8 00 


Achsa Hanscom, 


u 


a. 




12 months, 






48 00 


Aaron C. Handley, 


a 


a 




12 months, 






72 00 


Sarah E. Handley, 


a 


u 




12 months, 






48 00 


Eliza J. Shattuck, 


u 


a 




12 months, 






48 00 


Luke Smith, 


a 


a 




12 months, 






48 00 


Mary Smith, 


u 


a 




12 months, 






48 00 


Rebecca C. Wright, 


a 


it 




12 months, 






48 00 


Susan B. Winn, 


a 


a 


, 


12 months, 






48 On 


Phebe F. Wood, 


a 


it 




12 months, 






48 









CEMETERY EXPENSES. 

Paid L. W. Stevens, labor in Mt. Hope, $95 

Nathan Johnson, labor in Woodlawn, 91 

" " " « Rouillard Lot, 5 

Moses A. Reed, " " Handley " 27 

" " " " Woodlawn, 14 

Tuttles, Jones &Wetherbee,200 lbs. manure, 4 

E. Jones & Co., lumber and plank, 1 

W. B. Holt, labor and repairs on Pump, 1C 

Charles Wheeler, labor in Woodlawn, 1 

Levi W. Stevens, for lumber, 

" '• " making out deeds, 2 



$876 50 



257 94 



18 ANNUAL REPORT 



MEMORIAL LIBRARY. 

Paid D. A. Cutler, transporting books, $52 00 

Mrs. Ida Tuttle, librarian, 104 00 

C. 1). Clark, janitor to July 1st, 30 77 

0. D. W<x>4, " from July 1st, 69 72 

" " for kindling Avood, 1 00 

Joseph F. Scott, printing 10,000 slips, 6 00 

" " 400 supplements, 6 00 

Augustine Hosmer, " 300 vouchers, 1 25 

F. J. Hastings & Co., 13,485 lbs coal, 38 43 

Henry D. Hoyes & Co., magazines, 24 00 

De Wolfe Fiske & Co., books, 137 78 

F. J. Barnard & Co., binding magazines, 17 03 

W. I). Tuttle, magazine, ' 1 00 

C. D. Clark; work, 1 25 

M. E. Taylor & Co., wicks, 70 

" " " chimneys, 67 

" " " paint, 10 

" ".. " glue, 10 



158 gallons oil, 12 64 



SUPPORT OF POOR ON FARM. 

Paid James B. Tuttle, 1 horse, $125 00 

" " freight on same, 2 80 

" " 1 harness, 28 00 

" . " 1 mowing machine, 36 00 

J. E. Ordway, service, 350 00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., store bill, 292 97 

Tuttle, Jones & Wetherbee, store bill, 73 12 

F. J. Hastings, grain, 233 52 

E. C. Parker, " 70 87 

W. E. Whitcomb, meat, 7 03 

Sanderson & Kimball, meat, 1 96 

» " » 4 78 



:504 44 



TOWN OF ACTON. 19 



Paid C. H. Clark, harness repaired, $ 6 50 

F. J. Barker, medical attendance, 13 50 

0. L. Newcomb, blacksmithing, 35 12 
W. E. Whitcomb, meat, 23 27 
Rev. F. P. Wood, service at funeral, 3 00 

1. F. Daren, burial of J. T. Hunt, 15 00 
J. B. Tuttle, 1 cow, 37 00 
W. B. Holt, 1 60 
Francis Pratt, sawing lumber, 2 23 
J. B. Tuttle, for goods and labor, 98 13 



$1,461 40 



SUPPORT OF POOR NOT ON FARM. 
Paid Solon Robbins, support Mrs. Augusta 

Jones, $236 00 

Solon Robbins, care of Mrs. Augusta 

Jones, 10 00 

Worcester Lunatic Hospital, support of 

Emily Towne, 126 75 

Worcester Insane Asylum, " " 

Clara Wheeler, 169 46 

Danvers Lunatic Hospital, " " 

Richard Temple, 48 28 

City of Lowell, " " 

Kingsley children, 103 28 

Tattles, Jones & Wetherbee,aid for Mrs. 

J. Quinlan, 110 38 

Massachusetts Hosp'l., care of Sylvester 

Haynes, 51 00 

O. S. Fowler, burial expense, Sylvester 

Haynes, 55 63 

Edwin Tarbell, aid for Mrs. James 

McLaughlin, 9 32 

Moses Taylor, " " " " 

McLaughlin, wood, 4 00 



20 



ANNUAL REPORT 



I. F. Duren, burial expenses, Mrs. 

Augusta Jones, 16 00 
F. P. Wood, services at funeral, Mrs. 

Augusta Jones, 3 00 
Dr. F. J. Barker, medical attendance on 

Mrs. Augustus Jones, 2 75 
Dr. F. J. Barker, medical attendance 

on James Flood, 1 25 

J. B. Tuttle, expense to Boston, 3 72 

" " " to Lowell, 64 

" " " to Waltham, 88 

Dr. J. E. Marsh, for W. B. Ball, 2 00 

E. Jones & Co., coal for Mrs. Jas. 

McLaughlin, 3 34 

Dr. I. Hutch ins, expenses to Boston, 2 00 



LOANS PAID. 

Paid Wm. D. Tuttle, note, $550 00 

Win. D. Tuttle, Int. from June 8, '93, 

to March 29, '94. 22 23 

John A. Bowen, Int. 1 1-2 yrs. on $1,000 

to Dec. 6, '94, 75 00 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, note, 1,500 00 

" " " Int. from 

June 20, '93, to May 10, '95, 66 67 

P. V. Hapgood, 1 yrs. Int. on $500. note 

to June 1, '94, 25 00 

Estate of Wm. Davis, 1 yrs. Int. on $350, 

note to May 12, '94, 17 50 

Estate of Wm. Davis, 1 yrs. Int. on 

$1,028, note to Oct. 18, '94, 51 40 

F. H. Jones, 1 yrs. Int. on $600, note 

to Apr. 27, '94, 30 00 

F. H. Jones, 1 yrs. Int. on $700, note 

to June 15, '94, 35 00 



$959 68 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



21 



Paid Varnum Tuttle, 1 yrs. Int. on $700, note 

to Apr. 17, '94, $35 00 

Varnum Tuttle, 1 yrs. Int. on $540, note 

to July 14, '94, 27 00 

Mrs. W. W. Davis, 1 yrs. Int. on Ceme- 
tery fund, 5 00 
Young People Christian Union note, 100 00 
" " " " Interest 

from June 30, '93, to Sept. 4, '94, 5 89 

Ayer National Bank, note, 3,000 00 

" " " 6 months' Int. at 

4 1-2 per cent., 67 50 

Ayer National Bank, note, 2,000 00 

" " " 6 months' Int., 30 00 

Varnum Tuttle, note, 540 00 

" ' " Int. from July 14, '94, 

to Mar. 5, '95, 17 32 

Varnum Tuttle, note, . 70() 0!) 

" " Int. from Apr. 17, '94, 

to Mar. 5, '95, 30 92 







PRINTING. 




Paid Enterprise Printing Co., reports, 


110 20 


" " " April warrant, 


3 75 


" " " Sept. " 


2 75 


" " " Nov. " 


3 75 


" " " posters, 


1 00 


Augustine Hosmer, 500 envelopes, 


1 75 


" " 500 letter heads, 


1 75 


" " 600 orders, 


3 75 


" " truant notices, 


2 75 


" „ " notices, 


1 00 


" (i 200 orders, 


1 00 


" " i'lOOfnlrlpvsmifl v>rin + 


v r on 



18.931 43 



22* 



ANNUAL REPORT 



Paid Augustine Hosmer, 1000 circulars, 




$2 50 




Campbell & Han scorn, cards, 




1 50 




" " 25 check lists, 




7 00 




Joseph F. Scott, reward notices, 




1 75 






3. 




$151 20 


TOWN OFFICER! 


' 


Paid Wm. D. Tuttle, clerk, 




$30 00 




J. K. W. Wetherbee, treasurer, 




80 00 




E. Faulkner Conant, selectman, 




95 00 




Daniel J. Wetherbee, " 




50 00 




Isaiah Hutchins, " 




50 00 




Phineas Wetherbee, assessor, 




53 00 




James B. Tuttle, " 




30 00 




Anson C. Piper, " 




30 00 




James B. Tuttle, overseer of poor, 




60 00 




• Edwin C. Parker, " " 




15 00 




Lyman Tuttle, " " 




20 00 




Edward Dixon, Supt. of schools, 




532 39 




Charles J. Williams, school committee, 


67 23 




Horace Tuttle, " " 




15 00 




Isaiah Hutchins, " " 




15 00 




W. H. Hartwell, 




10 00 




William D. Tuttle, registrar of voters. 


,'93, 


15 00 




Samuel Guilford, ' " " 


a 


12 00 




Julian Tuttle, " " 


a 


12 00 




James McGreen, " " 


« 


12 00 




William D. Tuttle, " " 


'94 


15 00 




Samuel Guilford, " " 


u 


12 00 




Julian Tuttle, " " 


a 


12 00 




James McGreen, " " 


a 


12 00 




T. F. Newton, election officer, 




3 00 




H. J. Hapgood, " " 




3 00 




James McGreen, " '.' 




3 00 




Abram Tuttle, " " 




3 00 





TOWN OF ACTON. 23 



Paid Lyman C. Taylor, election officer, . •. 


$3 00 


Horace F. Tuttle, " " 


3 00 


C. J. Williams, " 


3 00 


E. A. Phalen, " " 


3 00 


C. H. Mead, 


." 3 00 


C. B. Stone, " " -'•: 


3 00 


H. A. Littlefield, " 


3 00 


W. F. Kelly, 


3 00 


E. A. Phalen, special police July 4, '• 


2 50 


W.S.Kelly, " 


2 50 


James Kingsley, special police July 4, 


2 50 


K. S. Beed, constable enforcing liquor 




law, 


25 00 


B. S. Beed, constable enforcing game 




law, .•: 


4 00 


B. S. Beed, constable July 4, 


2 00 


" " " election returns, 


2 50 


James Kingsley, constable Taylor case, 


1 50 


C. L. Bradford, school committee, 


1 25 


A. W. Armstrong, school committee,.' 




1893 and 1894, .•,•?•• 


17 50 


H. J. Hapgood, auditor, 


' 6 00 


W. F. Stevens, sealer weights and meas- 




ures, 


5 00 


A. H. Bose, inspector of cattle, 


125 00 


$1,487 87 



SOLDIER'S BELIEF. 

Paid City of Marlboro, aid for W\ F. B. 

Whitney, $4 00 

Dr. I. Hutchins, medical attendance on 

Mrs. B. 0. Wright, 22 25 



$26 T 25 



24 



ANNUAL KEPORT 



ROADS AND BRIDGES. 


Paid Nahum Littlefield, 


$779 44 


" " Centre district, 


225 00 


H. A. Gould, 


789 81 


" " Centre district, 


225 00 


W. H. Kingsley, 


825 74 


E. Jones & Co.,' plank, 


6 11 


S. A. Guilford, blacksmith bill, 


3 10 


0. L. Newcomb, " " 


6 52 


D. H. Farrar, fixing plow, 


75 


W. H. Kingsley, plow point, 


50 


Calvin Harris, 225 loads gravel, 


11 25 


Moses Taylor, 112 " " 


5 60 


F. H. Whitcomb, 208 " « 


10 40 


A. M. Knowlton, 197 " " 


9 85 


N. A. Davidson, 140 " " 


7 00 


Jerry McCarthy, 51 u " 


2 55 


Millard Handley, covering stone, 


1 00 


Thos. McCarthy, " (i 


6 00 


W. B. Holt, pipe, 


43 41 




$2,959 03 



REPAIRS ON PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS. 

Paid Fred Billings, repairs East schoolhouse, $1 50 
" " labor, shingling North 

and East schoolhouse, 44 69 

Spofford Bobbins, repairing door, Town 

Hall, 1 00 

C. J. Williams, repairs on East school- 
house, 1 60 

E. Jones & Co., shingles for North and 

East schoolhouses, 129 56 

Charles L. Davis,painting Centre school- 
house, 125 11 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



25 



Paid W. L. Mead, repairs, Centre schoolhouse, 
H. F. Tuttle, " " " 


134 00 
5 40 


Spofford Robbins, repairs, Centre 
schoolhouse, 


2 


75 


John Temple, repairs, East schoolhouse, 
" " " North " 


2 00 

3 00 


Frank E. Harris, work on North school- 






house grounds, 
Frank E. Harris, work " " " 


3 50 


house well, 


1 


50 


Keith & Barr, repairs " " " 
house, 


23 40 


J. W. Henderson, " " South " 






house, 


25 


24 


C. L. Bradford, sand " " 






house, 


1 


00 


I. W. W. Taylor, sand " " 

house, 
Nathan Johnson, repairing Flagg Centre 

school, 


1 
1 


25 
50 


M. Hannon, work on South school 






ground, 
C. L. Bradford, " " " « 


7 


70 


ground, 
A. Johnson, " " East " 


2 


25 


ground, 
Henry Warden " " " " 

ground, 
W. B. Holt, repairs " West " 

house, 
Frank Harris, " " " " 

house, 


1 

5 

7 


50 
32 
95 
47 


Samuel Jones, Jr., repairs on South 
. schoolhouse, 


40 


57 


Francis Jones, " " " 
schoolhouse, 


39 93 



26 AXXUAL REPORT 



J. W. Henderson, repairs on East 

schoolhouse, $13 84 

J. W. Henderson, " " South 

schoolhouse, 

C. L. Davis, " " East 

schoolhouse, 
Waldo Bros., pipe for well, South school 
ground, 

W. E. Danforth, ventilators for South 
schoolhouse, 

E. Jones & Co., lumber for farm, 
" " " " hall, ■ 

E. Z. Taylor, repairs, South schoolhouse, 

H. F. Clark, " West " 

E. Jones & Co., 

A. J. Tnttle, 2 locks, 

H. Blodgett, express, 

Thos. Hall & Son, 2 bells, South school- 
house, 

Thos. Hall& Son, 2 knobs, " " 

house, 

Thos. Hall & Son, electric bell, South 
schoolhouse, 

Nathan Johnson, repairing gong, Centre 
schoolhouse, 

Keith & Barr, labor on cistern, Centre 
schoolhouse, 

C. H. Mead & Co., repairs, West school- 
house, 

0. D. Wood, repairs at Town Hall, 

Robert Wayne, " " " 

C. W. Pitman, " 

John Temple, work in " " cellar, 28 50 

E. Jones & Co., brick and lumber, Town 

Hall cellar, 44 89 



13 


95 


3 


30 


18 


20 


18 


75 


5 


94 


26 


79 


1 


90 


12 


50 


1 


22 


3 


00 




15 


1 


70 




20 


10 00 


2 


00 


30 89 




10 


23 


16 


3 


84 


16 


07 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Paid M. E. Taylor & Co., repairs, East school- 
house, $ 21 

W. H. Hartwell, " North " 

house, 50 

F. "W. Green, " pump, West 

schoolhouse, 50 

John Maines, work on North school 

grounds, 1 00 

X. H. Tenney, new gearing for clock, 15 00 

O. L. Newcomb, repairing bell frame, 1 75 

Adams & Wood, door check and spring 

for hall, t 10 00 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, bronze and 

paint for hall, 9 29 



MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES'. 

Paid C. L. Bradford, ex. on books, $ 25 

Dr. C. B. Sanders, returning births, 13 25 

George B. Parker, for Isaac Davis Post, 100 00 

James Kingsley, use of road, 8 00 

L. V. Clough, burial Wm. S. Handley, 35 00 
Chas. L. Weymouth, services in liquor 

cases, 71 00 

Charles Grady, concreting library walk, 42 40 

Moses Taylor, marble dust, 95 
W. W. Hendley, building cistern near 

hall, 150 00 
W. W. Hendley, building cistern Centre 

school, 45 00 
Keith & Barr, work on cistern, Centre 

school, 12 00 
W. H. Kingsley, work on cistern, Centre 

school, 16 30 



$832 83 



28 ANNUAL REPORT 



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a 


a 


it 


it 


a 


(I 


u 


u 


a 


it 


a 



Paid W. H. Kingsley, work on cistern near 

hall, $27 57 

M. A. Reed, digging well for So. school, 37 00 
James Devane, varnishing hearse, 20 00 

Joseph Symonds, plate for road scraper, 8 50 
S. F. Hayward & Co., 200 ft. 1 1-2 in. 

hose, 60 00 

S. F. Hayward & Co., 6 clamps and 

bolts, 
Fitchbnrg E. R. Co., freight on hose, 
a a a p ip^ 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 8 fire axes, 

rope, 

4 pr. butts, 
well covers, 
2 books, 

W. H. Kingsley, cement and brick for 

well, 

E. A. Phalen, court fees, 
a a 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, 1 copy public stat- 
utes, 
J. K. W. Wetherbee, 1 copy supplement 

public statutes, 
O. L. Newcomb, repairs on engine and 

truck at Centre, 
O. L. Newcomb, repairing cistern cover, 
C. H. Clark, strap for ladder truck, 
C. J. Williams, postage, 

" " telephone, 

" " moving desk, 

" " express, 

Geo. Greenough, 2 tons coal, town hall, 11 40 
Calvin Harris, lease of gravel pit, 25 00 

Moses Taylor, " " 100 00 



1 35 


1 50 


1 13 


13 00 


1 88 


1 25 


2 62 


4 75 


1 25 


12 24 


3 50 


4 25 


2 85 


15 sr> 


35 


1 25 


6 28 


60 


50 


3 49 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



29 



Paid Moses Reed,work on schoolhouse cistern, 
A. H. Rose, examining cattle at C. 

Wheeler's, 
Waldo Bros., 2 plow points, 
J. L. Hammett, flags, 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee,6 fire lant'ns, 
J. K. W. Wetherbee, getting lease re- 
corded, 
Phineas Wetherbee, making out poll tax 
list, 
" " invoice and collect- 

or's book, 
u " express, postage & 

stationery, 
Edward Ferns, constable in Harrington 

case, 
W. H. Teele, land damage, Gates road 
N. Littlefield, labor on 
H. A. Gould, 
W. H. Kingsley, " 
W. B. Holt, pipe on 
F.H. Whitcomb, 168 Ids. gravel 
Mrs.Geo.Gardner, 112 « 
W. H. Teele, covering stone " " 
C. L. Bradford, attending Registrars' 

meeting, 
Spofford Robbins, fixing voting stalls at 

Centre, 
Moses Reed, cleaning out North school 

well, 
Wm. 01 in, 4 quarts ink, 
W. B. Holt, pipe for cistern at Centre, 
F. A. Houston, for counsel in J.J.Doyle 

case, 
R.L.Reed, expense enforcing liquor law, 
F. C. Nash, ' " « " 



$5 50 



15 15 


3 30 


9 80 


6 50 


75 


5 00 



1 40 



1 50 







2 40 


tes 


road, 


60 00 


u 


u 


94 98 


a 


u 


27 63 


a 


u 


136 10 


u 


a 


60 48 


K 


a 


8 40 


a 


u 


5 60 



75 



1 00 



3 50 


1 08 


3 76 


50 00 


9 00 


10 50 



30 ANNUAL REPORT 



Paid J. L. Hammett, clock for East school, $6 50 
Samuel Harris, rep. clock, No. " 75 

Samuel Jones, Jr., closet, So. " 11 00 

" " book cases for High 

school, 76 09 

E. Jones & Co., 760 lbs. coal for hall, 2 35 
W. O. Dockendorff, lowering well at 

West school, 65 00 

G. A. E. Post, use of hall for election 

and registration meetings, 5 40 

Dr. F. Tarker, returns of births, 2 75 

Dr. J. E. Marsh, " 3 75 

Dr. F. U. Rich, " 1 25 

Dr. I.-Hutchins, " 1 00 

Dr. F. J. Barker, " 3 00 

F. J. Barnard & Co., binding town re- 

ports, 1 70 

W. H. Kingsley, teaming stone for mark- 
er at Bobbins place, 24 00 
C. H. Mead & Co., sections and bolts for 

scraper, 
Geo. Greenough, wood for hall, 
" " teaming sand for hall 

cellar, 
I. F. Duren, superintendent of burials. 

" " returns of deaths, 

E. Hillman, 1 deflector for So. school, 
L. Tuttle & Son, trip to West Acton 

with fire engine, 
Henry Parlin, sawing wood at hall, 
Varnum Tuttle, rent of land for truck 

house, 
E. Jones & Co., for cistern cover, 
C. W. Pitman, care of hall and clock, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., sundries for hall, 



8 


50 


6 25 


2 


25 


81 


00 


6 00 


2 


50 


1 


00 




90 


9 


00 




58 


77 


60 


18 


69 



TOWN OF ACTON. 31 



43 00 


2 00 


25 00 


5 60 


2 55 


21 50 



JPaid'N. H. Tenney, steam heater for hall, $485 00 

D. C. Harris, lettering marker for Rob- 

bins place, 
Moses Taylor, 1-2 cord wood, town hall, 
F. C. Nash, counsel in liquor cases, 
Wm. D. Tuttle— 

Recording and indexing 36 deaths, 

" " " 17 marriages, 

Collecting and recording 43 births, 
Making survey and lease of Calvin 

Harris gravel pit, 3 50 

Making survey and lease of Moses 

Taylor gravel pit, 
Levelling near Nagog Pond, 
Paid Geo. Lee as civil engineer, 

" for entertaining " 
Copying records for School Commit- 
tee, 
Ink for ballot box, 
Laying out road near J. C. Gates', 
Meeting Selectmen about Stevens 

and Cutler road, 1 25 

Meeting Road Commissioners about 

Stevens and Cutler road, 75 

Surveying and making plan of road 

near W. F. Stevens', 22 00 

Dog license blanks, 65 

Express, 3 55 

Postage, 1 61 

Making out deed of land near mon- 
ument, 1 00 

E. Jones & Co., lumber for platform at 

town pump, 1 15 

Wm. F. Stevens — 

Discount on taxes, 1,031 90 

Abatement " 66 32 



2 


00 


5 


50 


6 00 


1 


75 




75 




25 


3 


00 



32 



ANNUAL REPORT 



Notify officers to take oath, 




$3 25 




" dog owners, 




10 00 




" " " in 1893 


'> 


10 00 




Posting town warrants, 




3 00 




" " " in 1893, 


4 50 




Horace F. Tnttle, making plan 


and pro- 






file of State road, 




60 00 




I. W. W. Taylor, breaking out roads, 


5 75 




J. K. Cole, 


u 


8 46 




it a u 


a 


7 43 




Luke Tuttle & Son, " 


iC 


6 92 




N. Littlefield, 


a 


48 80 




A. C. Piper, " 


a 


19 90 




C. 0. Neil, 


a 


10 20 




Fred S. Whitcomb, " 


a 


19 81 




W. H. Kingsley, " 


u 


28 22 


m 


F. Davis, . " 


a 


2 85 




W. C. Bobbins, " 


it 


28 25 




H. A. Gould, 


u 


18 70 




J. K. Wetherbee, postage, 




4 35 




E.F.Conant, postage, telephone, 


expenses, 


10 16 




J. W. Henderson, repairing C. 


Morris' 






eavestroughs, 




1 20 










$3,858 98 



RECEIPTS AND APPROPRIATIONS. 

Balance due from treasurer, Mar. 12, 1894, $2,844 94 

" " " collector, " <* 1,197 87 

Appropriation for town charges, 6,000 00 

schools, 4,400 00 

" school supplies, 550 00 

" scientific apparatus, 100 00 

" transportation of scholars, 970 00 

" Supt. of schools, 475 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



33 



Appropriation for street lamps, : : : $350 00 

Memorial library, ' 550 00 

highways, ; 3 ; 000 00 

Memorial Day, ... 100 00 

State tax, %300 00 

county tax, 1,421 70 

" overlayings, 620 01 

Received N. Johnson, for grass in Woodlawn . 

cemetery, .,. 6 00 

u Arthur Jones, for support of Mrs. . 

A. M. Jones, 116 00 

" J. B. Tuttle, for milk sold on farm, 680 60 
" " " 1 cow " " 30 00 

" Cattle Commissioners, cow sold on 

farm, 17 00 

J. B. Tuttle, for apples sold on farm,' 227 13 
" " poultry " 

" " eggs 

" " wood " 

" " peas " 

" " bbls. ( " 

" " calves " 

" ki one umbrella 

on farm, 
J. B. Tuttle, for keeping- 
over night on farm, 
C. H. Clark, on acct. supervision 

of schools, 
Arthur Blanchard, for license tb 

slaughter, 
Forbes & Clough, for license to 

slaughter, 
Moses Eeed, for license to slaughter, 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, for 



u " : 


37- 78 




87 08 


a ' 


71 36 


a 


5 60 


u 


3 80 


li 


12 25 


sold 


. • 




1 25 


ramp 






1 00 



license to slaughter. 



375 00 

1 00 

1 00 
1 00 

1 00 



34 ANNUAL REPORT 



Received Stevens, for lots sold in Mt. Hope 
cemetery, 

" John Fletcher, for lots sold in 
Woodlawn cemetery, 

" Estate of Sylvester Haynes, hospital 
expenses, 

(i Estate of Sylvester Haynes, burial 
expenses, 

" Acton Memorial Library, for fines, 

" District Court Central Massachu- 
setts, for fines, 

" State Treasurer, corporation tax, 

" " " • National bank tax, 

" " " state aid, 

" " " ' military aid, 

" " " support of state 

pauper, 
• " State Treasurer, income of Mass. 
School fund, 

" County Treasurer, award on turn- 
pike, 1,000 00 

" County Treasurer, dog tax, 206 70 

" Towns, of No. Brookfiehband Stur- 
bHage, for printing truant 
notices', 1 82 

" Town of Boxboro, for tuition of 

Alice Willard and Alex Losan, 40 00 

" F. O'Neil, for glass broken, 45 

" F. \V. Robbins, for shingles and 

scantlings, 5 28 

" C. W. Pitman, for rent of Town 

hall and cellar, 90 25 

" Interest on money in bank, 87 54 

" Ayer National bank, borrowed 

money, 5,000 00 

" Estate of Win. Davis, borrowed 

money, 400 00 

_ $34,348 14 



$54 


00 


18 


00 


51 


00 


r)5 


63 


12 


83 


91 


40 


557 


11 


191 


45 


552 


00 


158 


75 


2 


50 


216 


06 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



35 



EXPENDITURES. 




For support of Centre school, 




$457 m 


" North " 




442 09 


East " 




435 75 


" South 




886 61 


" West " 




861 52 


" High " 




1,606 87 


School supplies, 




564 So 


" apparatus, 




109 56 


Transportation of scholars, 




765 50 


Street lamps, 




349 68 


State and military aid, 




876 50 


Cemetery expenses, 




257 94 


Memorial library, 




504 44 


Support of poor on farm, 




1,461 40 


" " not on farm, 




959 68 


Loans and interest, 




8,931 43 


Printing, 




151 20 


Town officers, 




1,487 87 


Soldiers' relief, 




26 25 


Roads and bridges, 




2,959 03 


Repairs on town buildings and 


grounds, 


832 83 


Miscellaneous, 




3,858 98 


State tax, 




1,300 00 


County tax, 




1,421 70 

$31,509 35 


Balance due from Treasurer, 




740 78 


" " Collector, 




2,098 01 




$34,348 14 


I have examined the accounts 


of the 


Selectmen and find 


them correct. 






HIRAM J. HAPGOOD, 


Aulitor of the Town of Acton. 


March 12, L 1895. 







36 ANNUAL KEPORT 



TOWN DEBT, March 12, 1895. 

Estate of Wm. Davis, note, $1,028 00 

Int. on same from Oct. 18, 1894, to March 

12, 1895, 20 56 

Estate of Wm. Davis, note, 350 00 

Int. on same from May 12, 1894, to March 

12, 1895, 14 58 

Estate of Wm. Davis, note, 400 00 

Int. on same from Sept. 20, 1894, to March 

12, 1895, 9 55 

John A. Bowen, note, 1,000 00 

Int. on same from Dec. 6, 1894, to March 

12, 1895, 
Frank H. Jones, note, 
Int. on same from April 27, 1894, to March 

12, 1895, 
Frank H. Jones, note, 
Int. on same from June 15, 1894, to March 

12, 1895, 
Persis V. Hapgood, note, 
Int. on same from June 1, 1894, to March 

12, 1895, 

Less amount due from Collector and Treas- 
urer, 

Balance against the Town March 12, 1895, $1,868 94 

E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
DANIEL J. WETHERBEE, 
ISAIAH HUTCHINS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



13 33 








600 00 








26 25 








700 00 








25 96 








500 00 








19 50 


$4, 


707 






73 




2, 


838 


79 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



List of Jurors, 



The following is a list of persons to serve as jurors for the 
ensuing year, as revised by the Selectmen of Acton, to be sub- 
mitted to said town at their April meeting. 



Gustavus V. Bowen, 


Manufacturer. 


Elisha H. Cutler, 


Farmer. 


Francis Conant, 


Mason. 


I. Warner Flagg, 


Merchant. 


Hiram E. Gates, 


Farmer. 


G. E.JHolton, 


Mechanic. 


Eugene Hall, 


a 


Geo. A. Maynard, 


Clerk, 


Edgar H. Hall, 


Manufacturer. 


Samuel^Jones, Jr., 


Carpenter. 


Lowell A. Jones, 


Farmer. 


Warren H. Jones, 


a 


Hanson A. Littletield, 


Merchant. 


Nahum Littlefield, . 


Farmer. 


E. P. Morse, 


a 


C. H. Mead, 


Merchant. 


John D. Moulton, 


Farmer. 


Thomas E. Noyes, 


a 


Hiram W. B. Proctor, 


a 


Charles W. Pitman, 


a 


Wm. F. Richardson, 


Clerk. 


Moses A. Reed, 


Farmer. 


Wm. F. Stevens, 


a 


Henry M. Smith, 


a 


Horace F. Tuttle, 


a 


James B. Tuttle, 


a 


Fred S. Whitcomb, 


(( 


John White, 


a 



E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
DANIEL J. WETHERBEE, 
ISAIAH HUTCHINS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



Report of Overseers of Poor, 



ARTICLES ON HAND MARCH 1, 1895. 
10 cows, 



2 horses, 
Double harness, 
Express harness, 
Driving harness, 
2 horse collars, 
Grain, 
Horse cart, 
Express wagon,. 
Mowing machine, 
Old mowing machine, 
2 harrows, 
4 tons hay, 
Hay rake, 
Hay wagon, 

2 wheelbarrows, 

3 apple headers, 
Canvas cover, 
Grind stone, 
Farming tools, 

3 horse blankets, 

2 axes, 

3 wood saws, 
70 hens, 
Canned fruit, 
Soft soap, 
Dried apples, 



$450 00 


175 00 


25 00 


30 00 


10 00 


5 00 


5 00 


18 00 


75 00 


30 00 


2 00 


8 00 


60 00 


15 00 


15 00 


6 00 


2 00 


2 50 


2 00 


22 00 


4 00 


2 00 


2 00 


52 50 


5 00 


2 00 


3 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 39 



Cooking range, 

Tea and coffee, 

One half barrel crackers, 

Fruit jars, 

Coal, 

4 plows, 

3 cultivators, 

Hay cutter, 

72 apple barrels, 

7 ladders, 

Set of measures, 

Salt, 

Bone meal, 

2 sleds, 

12 cords of wood, 

Lumber, 

Stone drag, 

Fung, 

Steel trap, 

Light wagon, 

20 apple boxes, 

2 brooms, 

Spices, 

Sugar, 

One half barrel flour, 

Pails and tubs, 

Oil tank, 



!f .v$30 00 




70 




-i ;• 65 




- : 2 50 




75 




15 00 




5 00 




2 00 




10 80 




10 00 




1 40 




50 




25 




15 00 




60 00 




5 00 




4 00 




8 00 




75 




20 00 




2 00 




50 




30 




35 




2 00 




2 00 




1 00 






11,228 45 


1 


$1,461 40 




1,174 85 



Expenditures, 
Receipts, 

Income less than expenses, $286 55 

Due from treasury to balance account, $286 55 

Interest on Town Farm, $3,500 at 5 per cent, 175 00 

$461 55 



40 ANNUAL KEPOKT 



Victualing and lodging 1099 tramps at 25 cents each, $274 75 

Cost of supporting poor on farm, $186 80 

Whole number of persons, exclusive of tramps, sup- 
ported at almshouse, 2 
Average number, 2 
Present number, 2 

JAMES B. TUTTLE, 
EDWIN C. PARKER, 
LYMAN TUTTLE, 

Overseers of Poor. 



I have examined the report of the Overseers of the Poor and 
find them correct. 

HIRAM 'J. HAPGOOD, 

Auditor of the Town of Acton. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



41 



Town Clerk's Report for 1894. 



BIRTHS REGISTERED IN ACTON IN 1894. 

No. Date of Birth. Name of Child. Names of Parents. 

1894. 

1. Jan. 11. Frank McCarty. Thomas and Anna 

2. Jan. 17. Welch. Son of Walter and Laura 

3. Feb. 6. Mabel A. Bezamson. David H. and Ida M. 

4. Feb. 8. Clifton Hodge Davidson. Norman A. and M. 

Alice 

5. Mar; 5. John A. McCarty. John and Mary At 

6. Mar. 12. Brooks Deyarmond Wheeler. Elbridge L. and 

Florence I* 

7. Mar. 16. Hazel Gertrude Robbins. Herbeit F. and 

Bessie E. 

8. Mar. 17. Charles David Smiley. William J. and Annie 

9. Mar. 22. Peter Murphy. Michael and Johanna 

10. April 8. Daniel J. McNulty. Edward and Ellen A. 

11. April 22. Viola Maud Harris. David C. and Betsey J. 

12. April 29. David Foley. Michael and Johanna 

13. May 11. Jessie Hazel Randall. Thomas E. and Rebecca 

14. May 16. James Vernon McGreen. James and Estella A. 

15. May 17. John Henry Coughlin. William C. and Annie 

16. May 25. Frederic Howard Conant. Geo. A. and Mabel E. 

17. May 27. Leon Farrar Gilmore. Almon H. and Mabel 

18. May 28. Eva Viola Conant. Mabel E. 

19. June 3. Paul Ernest Tuttle. Roswell L. and Anna B» 

20. June 9. Maud Howard Knowlton. Amasa M. and 

Elizabeth F. 

21. June 16. Mary Ellen Dailey. Daniel and Mary 

22. June 17. Marion Nickerson. Frank H. and Nettie 



42 ANNUAL REPORT 



Xo. Date of Birth. Name of Child. Names of Parents. 

23. June 18. Carlton Enoch Hall. Edgar H. and Angie 

24. June 23. Eliza Ann Taylor. Forester J. and Margaret F. 

25. June 28. Joseph Leonard Barber. Giles A. and Maggie M. 

26. June 30. Aloyisus Hill. James and Mary Jane 

27. July 12. George Henry Ericson. Adolph and Selma C. 

28. July 19. Rooney. Mary Rooney 

29. Aug. 3. Philip Edwin Woodward. Edwin P. and 

Velmar A- 

30. Aug. 7. Webster Sanderson Blanchard. Arthur F. and 

Charlotte T. 

31. Aug. 20. Harold T. Whitcomb. Fred J. and Mary E. 

32. Aug. 24. William Alfred Lawrence. Alfred E. and 

Lillie Annie 

33. Aug. 25. Ethel Frances Moore. John Sterling and 

Ellen L. 
Howard Wesley Hall. Eugene L. and Isabelle 
Guy McLoughlin. James W. and Delilah 

Lillian Gertrude Keith. Geo. G. and Nellie M. 
Caroline Louise Smith. Charles W. and Fannie 
Walter Irving Smith. George A. and Alma W. 
Gladys Marie McGregor. John E. and 

Ida Marion 

40. Nov. 14. Marguerite Hazel Willis. Herbert E. and 

Evelyn B. 

41. Nov. 19. Mary Ellen Bailey. Samuel and Christy Bell 

42. Nov. 22. Arvilla Blanche Gilmore. Fred W. and Delia 

43. Dec. 29. Florence Ada Merriam. Frank A. and BerthaM. 



34. 


Sept. 


2_ 


35. 


Sept. 


30. 


36. 


Oct. 


9 


37. 


Oct. 


21. 


38. 


Oct. 


22. 


39. 


Oct. 


31. 



1 40& 



4 




I 9tf-B»t 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



43 



MABBIAGES KECOEDED IN 1894. 



Date and Place 
No. of Marriage. 
1894, 

1. Jan. 9. 
In Concord. 

2. Jan. 10. 
At W. Acton. 

3. Jan. 28. 
At Acton. 

4. April 25. 
At W. Acton. 

5. May 15. 
At W. Acton. 

6. June 26. 
At W. Acton. 

7. June 27. 
At W. Acton. 

8. June .')(). 
At Acton. 

9. Sept. 17. 
At W. Acton. 

10. Sept. 18. 
At W. Concord. 

11. Oct. 4. 
At So. Acton. 

12. Oct. 11. 
At Acton. 

13. Oct. 17. 
Peterboro'NH. 

14. Nov. 8. 
At No. Adams. 

15. Nov. 14. 
At W. Acton. 

16. Nov. 22. 
Fitzwill'mNH. 

17. Dec. 24. 
At So. Acton. 



Names and Residence of Parties. 

William J. Benery, of Littleton. 

Flora A. Currie of Acton. 

William T. Merriam of Acton. 

Lizzie B. Whittemore of Acton. 

Otis B. Mott of West Acton. 

Luella Smith of Acton. 

Lyman T little of Acton. 

Ida A. Hale of Acton. 

George E Willis of Fitcliburg. 

Ora J. Cobleigh of Boxborough. 

Alfred D. Barter of Eowe. 

Albina P. Rand of Boston. 

Edward Foster Smith of Brookline. 

Florence Sewell Getchell of W r est Acton. 

Fred Ellsworth Penniman of South Acton. 

Josephine Elizabeth Walp of South Acton, 

John F. Aldrich of West Acton. 

Geneva E. Cole of West Acton. 

Charles S. Clark of Acton. 

Lulu M. Lawrence of Concord Junction. 

Charles W. Leach of South Acton. 

Carrie V. Sibley of South Acton. 

George L. Bobbins of East Acton. 

Jessie P. Wood of Acton. 

George C. Warren of South Acton. 

Hattie K. Smith of Peterborough, N. H. 

Frank B. Farrar of Acton. 

Dora Jane Welch of Acton. 

J. Frank Bobbins of Stow. 

Ada M. Moore of Stow. 

John Campbell of West Acton. 

Jennie Butcher of Fitzwilliam, N. H. 

George W. Stuart of Boston. 

Ida May Tapley of South Acton. 



44 ANNUAL REPOBT 



DEATHS REGISTERED IN ACTON IN 1894. 



No. 
1. 


Date of Death. 
1894. 

Jan. 7. 


2 # 


Jan. 


9. 


3. 


Jan. 


13. 


4. 


Jan. 


15. 


5. 


Jan. 


17. 


6. 


Jan. 


22. 


7. 


Jan. 


30. 


8. 


Feb. 


20. 


9. 


Feb. 


28. 


10. 


Mar. 


1. 


11. 


Mar. 


3. 


12. 


Mar. 


18. 


13. 


Mar. 


25. 


14. 


Mar. 


23. 


15. 
16. 
17. 


April 
April 
June 


12. 
12. 
13. 


18. 


June 


13. 


19. 


June 


26. 


20. 


July 


6. 


21. 


July 


21. 


22. 


July 


28. 


23. 
24. 

25. 
26. 


July 
July 
Aug. 
Aug. 


28. 

31. 

5. 

12. 


27. 


Aug. 


16. 


28. 


Aug. 


29. 


29. 
30. 


Sept. 
Oct. 


19. 
26. 


31. 


Nov. 


13. 


32. 


Nov. 


28. 



Names of Persons Deceased. , Age N 

Yrs. Mos. Dys. 

Horace R. Hosmer, 63 7 

Ephraim L. Hall, 50 7 11 

Mrs. Eliza Wheeler, 80 5 13 

(m. n., Gleason.) 

Augustus B. Libby, 48 

Son of Walter and Laura Welch, 1-8 

Mrs. Mary E. Cutler, 60 4 11 

Ai Robbins, 61 5 29 

William S. Handley, 53 11 8 

Mrs. Nellie G. Wheeler, 37 6 14 

George W. Tuttle, 62 8 19 

Mrs. Franc as A. Bo wen, 45 5 

Miss Mary Fenesey, 25 

John Tuttle Hunt," S5 23 

Rev. Isaac Case Knowlton, 74 6 16 

Mrs. Mary E. Hussey, 69 3 9 

Daniel J. McNulty, 4 

Mrs. Mary J. Hay ward, 61 7 25 

Sylvester Haynes, 65 10 

Charlotte A. Haynes, 51 

Mrs. Veronica Bixby, 33 2 7 

Theresa M. Gallagher, 1 5 11 

Peter Murphy, 4 7 

John H. Coughlin, 2 11 

Joseph E. Barker, 63 4 9 

John A. McCarthy, 4 29 

James Waldron, 75 

William Hooper, 84 7 22 

Windsor Pratt, 62 8 12 

Lester G. Spinney, 1 8 21 

Harold T. Whitcomb, 2 6 

George W. Gates, 83 10 15 
A son of Wm. C. and Mary E. Mehegan* 



TOWX OF ACTOX. 45 



33. Dec. 13. Irving B. Truette, 11 5 28 

34. Nov. 21. Walter Irving Smith, 26 



LIST OF PERSONS BROUGHT INTO ACTON FOE 
BURIAL IN 1894. 

No. Date of Death. Names and Residence. 
1894. 

1. Jan. 18. Francis E. Anderson. Fall River, 

2. Jan. 27. Eliza Ann Drury, Lowell, 

(Handley.) 

3. Mar. 2. Mary E. Lothrop, Boston, . 

4. Mar. 22. Cora M. Fiske, Haverhill, 

5. Jan. 6. Eliza A. Lawrence, Norwood, 

6. July 15. Charles C. Babcock, Worcester, 

7. Aug. 6. Margaret Blanchard, Boxborough. 

8. Aug. 8. Henderson Blanchard, Excelsior Sp'ngs, 78 

9. Sept. 1. Sarah A. Tasker, Somerville, 74 2 28 

(Wilde.) 

10. Sept. 3. Daniel W. Hubbard, Lancaster, 71 

11. Nov. 11. Elizabeth P. Hanscom, Concord, 93 3 17 

12. Nov. 6. Harold 0. Cloud, Brooklyn, N. Y., 5 23 

13. Nov. 21. James S. Wright, Boxborough, 74 8 



yT 


Age 
M. 


~D? 


48 






39 






36 


, 




2 




8 


82 


2 


23 


m 


5 


19 


81 







NAMES OF PERSONS HAVING DOGS LICENSED IN 1894. 

Calvin S. Simonds, 1 female. H. A. Littlefield. 

James P. Brown. Otis B. Mott. 

E. Eddie Fletcher. Constance O'Neil. 

Mildred E. Handley. Foresters J. Taylor. 

Charles J. Williams. A. L. Tuttle. 

Charles A. Hodges. S. H. Taylor. 

J ona A. Sleeper. Geo. W. Worcester. 

S. L. Richardson. Frank Pratt. 

Cliarles Morris. A. Risso. 

Frank W. Bulette. Chas. F. Shirland. 

Ira Manley. Henry M. Smith. 

Warren H. Jones. M. E. Taylor. 



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ANNUAL REPORT 



John Davis. 

Frank L. Stiles, 1 female. 

Henry L. Livermore. 

A. J. Fletcher. 

John Temple. 

John F. Coughlin. 

George H. Brooks. 

Mrs. Lottie C. Flagg. 

E. F. Shapley. 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 2. 

Elnathan Jones. 

Henry Hanson. 

Chas. H. Mead & Co. 

Sidney E. Gray. 

Luke Tuttle. 

Fred W. Green. 

Geo. A. Hay ward. 

Irving E. Smith. 

Francis A. Houston. 

John W. Eandall. 

Lucius S. Hosmer. 

Howard E. Faulkner. 

W. F. Stevens. 

Albert H. Perkins. 

John Haniford. 

W. W. Philbrick. 

Abel Cole. 

Charles H. Wheeler. 

Charles Wheeler. 

Adolphus Desseault. 

Freeman W. Bobbins. 

•Chas. S. Moulton. 

Solon A. Robbins. 

Lyman Tuttle. 

George Conant. 



A. L. Noyes. 
Frank R. Stevens. 
Geo. A. Smith. 
Ralph Crooker. 
Andrew C. Jenkins. 
Fredson P. Brooks. 
Moses Taylor. 

E. H. Jones. 
L. V. Clough. 
Blanche Varney. 
H. Austin. 
Frank E. Harris. 

B. H. Kimball & Son. 
Asaph Merriam. 
William B. Manning, 2. 
Fred Penniman. 
Adelbert Mead. 

Chas. B. Stone. 
May L. Calder. 
Abel Farrar, female. 
John McGrevey. 
Chas. A. Harrington. 

C. C. Leighton. 
Nahum Littlefield. 
Fred S. Whitcomb. 
Hattie S. White. 

F. W. Houghton. 
Forbush & Hartwell. 
Wilbur G. Davis. 
Maurice Lane. 

Geo. K Hoit. 
David C. Harris. 
Daniel Mahoney. 
James Tuttle. 
Mrs. I. W. W. Taylor. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



George A. Conant. Webster C. Bobbins, 2. 

Geo. W. Clark. Everett L. Spinney. 

Luther Conant. Roswell L. Tuttle. 

J. E. Durkee. James H. Standish. 

Win. S.> Fletcher. Mrs. Eugene G. Kraetzer. 

Luther R. Eorbush. Wm. J. Moore. 

Samuel Jones, Jr. Martin Baker. 

William S. Jones. Daniel J. Gallagher. 
Octavus A. Knowlton. 

Ill males at $2, $222 00 

3 females at $5, 15 00 

$237 00 
Fees, 22 80 

Paid County Treasurer, $214 20 

WILLIAM D. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



-f TRUSTEES*- 



OF THE 



ACTON 



MEMORIAL* LIBRARY 



1894, 



50 ANNUAL REPORT 



Annual Report of the Trustees 

Acton : Memorial Library. 



The Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library submit their 
fifth annual report. 

During the past year the institution has pursued the even 
tenor of its way, making a large gain in the number of those who 
have taken out cards, and also in the number of books issued 
during the year. 

On the other hand, the accession of new books has not been 
satisfactory ; neither has the gain in volumes been such that we 
can reasonably expect a continued interest in the institution. 

The $150 voted by the town, to be expended in new books, 
brought 167 volumes, a number far short of our needs. We do 
not, in the present condition of affairs, feel justified in asking the 
town for a larger sum. The question comes, how shall the defi- 
ciency be met? Ill answer, we would suggest that each patron 
of the library who can afford it, give during the year, at least one 
new book of the class described as current literature — that is, 
something fresh, interesting and entertaining. We hope the re- 
sponse to this request will be general enough to make good the 
deficiency, and give us an addition of at least 500 volumes the 
coming year. 

The chief addition to our picture gallery this year came from 
.Moses Taylor, Esq., to whom, after Mr. Wilde, the town owes 
more than to any other man for the library and its contents. The 
subject of the picture is "The Departure of the Minute-Men, 19th 
of April, 1775." 



TOWN OF ACTON. 51 



The company is depicted as leaving the home of their cap- 
tain, whose wife, standing by the door, is taking a last look at the 
living form of her husband and the father of her four ^ick chil- 
dren. 

It has been the aim of Mr. Taylor and the artist, Mr. Arthur 
F. Davis, to have the representation as nearly historically correct 
as possible. Fortunate the town that can furnish alike the sub- 
ject, the donor, and the artist of so valuable a work of art. 

We give the statistical items as follows : 

March 9, 1895. 

Total number of volumes in library, 5393 

Increase during the year, 217 

" by purchase, 167 

" by gift, 50 

Total number of persons who have taken out cards, 990 

Fines, $14.61 

Books taken out during the year, 9006 

Largest daily use, March 17, 1894, 172 volumes 

Smallest daily use, September 19, 1894, 23 volumes 

Visitors registered during the year, 393 

Periodicals the same as last year, with the exception of the 
Atlantic Monthly and Cottage Hearth. This year The Forum 
has been added. 

Periodicals donated — Child's Hour, Our Sunday Afternoon, 
W. A. Wilde ; Our Paper, Mass. Eeformatory ; Congressional 
Record, C. J. Williams; Our Dumb Animals, Society for Preven- 
tion of Cruelty to Animals, Boston, Mass. 

Among the new books are two volumes comprising the An- 
nual Town Reports from 1860 to 1894 inclusive. 

Donations — W. A. Wilde, 12 ; Edwin P. Seaver, Boston, 1 ; 
S. M. Lawrence, Stow, 1 ; State, 13 ; Warren Hapgood, Harvard, 
1 ; Hon. E. R, Hoar. Conccr 1, 1 ; Miss D. L, Hoyt, Maiden, 1 ; 
Geo. A. Sanderson, Littleton, 1; Geo. W. Tolman, Concord, 1; 
Mrs. J. A. Cutter, Acton, 9 ; Win. D. Tnttle, Acton, 1 ; Town of 



ANNUAL KEPORT 



Acton, 2 ; Town of Harvard, 1 : Wm. Barrett, Concord, 1 ; J. F. 
Scott, Mass. Reformatory. 1 ; Luther Conant, 2 ; Mrs. S. A. Co- 
nant, 1. Total, 50. 

The Trustees recommend the same appropriations as last 
year — $400 for current expenses and $150 for new books. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

LUTHER COXAXT, for the Trustees. 



^ 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



FOR THE 



SCHOOL YEAR 



1894-'95. 




£ 



SCHOOL REPORT 



Report of the School Committee, 



To the Citizens of Acton : — 

The towns of Acton, Sturb ridge and West Brookfield having 
voted to continue their union, the District Committee met in 
Worcester, April 12th, and re-elected Mr. Edward Dixon super- 
intendent of schools with the same salary and allowances granted 
for the preceding year. 

The Superintendent's Report is published as a part of this 
report, and is especially commended to your attention. 

Our schools are improving from year to year. Schools cannot 
stand still, there must be progress or retrogression, and that our 
schools are progressing is very largely due to the skill and care 
of the superintendent. His supervision and advice have been 
invaluable to teachers and pupils, and to your committee. 

We congratulate ourselves and the town upon the fact that 
all the members of our corps of teachers have remained with us 
during the year, notwithstanding flattering attempts to induce 
some among them to accept positions elsewhere. 

During the past year, handsome American flags have been 
placed in the several schoolrooms, thus anticipating a law which 
will probably be enacted by this legislature, making such pro- 
vision by the towns compulsory. By order of the committee, the 
flag is saluted by the pupils at the opening of the schools on each 
Monday morning. 

The high school prize declamation at the Town Hall in 
February proved a successfuljexperiment. The interest aroused 
in the school and among its friends justifies us in proposing to 
repeat it annually in the future. 

We earnestly renew our recommendation of last year, that 
the town provide transportation to the Centre for the pupils of 



TOWN OF ACTON. DO 



the North and East schools. The reasons for so doing were set 
forth at length in our report for last year, "and' for that report 
and especially for the closing paragraphs of ^Mr. Eaton's report, 
we again ask your consideration. • :! '' : 

The fact that the Centre school has a' iriembership of 38, 
and is apparently increasing in numbers, ''is pertinent to this 
question of consolidation. A r ery few teachers are competent to 
instruct so large a number in a mixed school, and to place so 
heavy a burden upon any teacher, however competent, is an 
injustice done not alone to the teacher herself "but as well to the 
pupils placed in her charge. Your committee- may be compelled 
at an early day to divide this school, when, unless consolidation 
shall be effected, we shall have four schools doing the work which 
could be done far more advantageously by two. 

It is the opinion of your committee that the cost of support- 
ing the schools, including the item of transportation, after 
consolidation shall have been effected, will not vary materially 
from the present cost, while the town will find itself relieved from 
the necessity of maintaining the buildings at the North and East. 

In our opinion the method of heating the schoolhouses at 
South and West Acton should be changed, and changed im- 
mediately. The stoves now in use not only do not heat the 
rooms, a radical defect, but they consume large quantities of 
oxygen, of which there is, with the existing means of ventilation, 
by no means enough for other and more important uses. When 
it is remembered that 240 cubic feet of fresh air are required for 
the combustion of a single pound of coal, which, when stoves are 
used must be drawn from the room itself, it is not difficult to 
realize that this method of heating does not assist, to say the 
least, in improving the quality of the air in our schoolrooms. At 
present the rooms are neither properly heated inor properly ven- 
tilated and it is only by constant and watchful care on the part 
of the teachers that they are heated and ventilated in any degree. 
We recommend the appropriation of $750' for the purpose of 
placing approved heating apparatus in the South and West 



schoolhouses. 



56 SCHOOL REPORT 



The enlargement of the school building at South Acton is 
becoming a pressing necessity if the schools there are to be con- 
ducted to the best advantage or, indeed, provided with ordinary 
facilities for doing the work required in them. At present every 
part of the building is occupied. There are no recitation rooms 
and the only place where the laboratory work of the high school 
can be carried on is in a closet, partitioned off in the basement 
which cannot be used in winter and which, from its situation 
and narrow limits, is unfit for such use at any time. One or 
more recitation rooms are urgently needed for the use of the high 
school, as is one also for the primary school. In the latter school 
during the spring term we were obliged, by the large number of 
pupils then in attendance, to employ an assistant teacher and 
this assistant was compelled to take her classes into a corner of 
the schoolroom or to the cloak room, or the hallway, as the 
weather permitted. 

s • An addition to the present building, which shall contain reci- 
tation rooms for the Primary and High Schools as well as a 
laboratory for the latter school, should be built. 

We recommend that the Selectmen be directed to give this 
subject their immediate consideration, and to report to the town 
with plans and estimates at an early date. 

The special appropriation of $100 last year enabled your 
committee to provide the High School with a number of the 
pieces of chemical and physical apparatus most needed, including 
a fine microscope of a .power of 480 diameters. 

We request that $100 be appropriated this year for the pur- 
chase of additional apparatus and of books of reference, of which 
the school is greatly in need. 

The report of the purchasing agent of the Board is published 
as a part of this report. The demand for text books for the High 
School, incident to the change in course and to the increased 
number of pupils, has been largely met. A somewhat smaller 
ap propriation than that of last year will therefore satisfy the 
needs of this department during the coining year. We recom- 
mend the appropriation of $475 for school supplies. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 0< 



The appropriation for transportation of the pupils of the 
High School may also be cut down. It is always impossible to 
fix upon a sum which shall be exactly adequate to the demands 
made upon it for this purpose, but we believe that an appropria- 
tion of $575 will be sufficient for this year. 

In presenting to you the estimates of expenses for the year, 
we desire to remind you that, in the event of an appropriation 
being made for the transportation to the Centre of the pupils of the 
North and East schools, the amount of the item for the support 
of the common schools should be reduced. 

The sum of $375 has been received from the State on account 
of salary of superintendent of schools for the year 1893-94. 



Summary of Keceipts and Expenditures on account of Schools 
for the year 1894-95. 







RECEIPTS. 




ppropi 


•iation for common schools, $ 


2,800 00 


u 




" High school, 


1,600 00 


u 




" school supplies, 


550 00 


a 




" transportation S. E. pupil 


3, 180 00 


a 




" " H. S. " 


790 00 


a 




" scientific apparatus, 


100 00 


a 




" salary of superintendent, 


475 00 


eceive 


I from 


Mass. School Fund, 


216 06 


a 


u 


dog taxes, 


206 70 


a 


a 


tuition in H. S., 


40 00 






$6 957 76 



08 SCHOOL 


REPORT 




EXPENDITURES. 




For common schools, 




$3,083 64 


High school, 




1,606 87 


school supplies, 




564 8o 


transportation S. E. pupils, 




180 00 


H. S. " 




585 50 


scientific apparatus, 




109 56 


salary of superintendent, 




532 39 



$6,662 81 
Unexpended balance for the year, $294 95. 



Summary of appropriations for support of schools recommended 
for the year 1895-96. 



For common schools, 


$2,800 00 


High school, 


1,600 00 


school supplies, 


475 00 


transportation S. E. pupils, 


180 00 


H. S. " 


575 00 


scientific apparatus, etc., 


100 00 


salary of superintendent, 


475 00 




$6,205 00' 



For the School Committee, 

CHAS. J. WILLIAMS, 

Chairman. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Superintendent's Report, 



School Committee of Acton : 

Gentlemen : — The following report for the year is respect- 
fully submitted. 

SUMMARY OF STATISTICS. 

Number of children in town May 1, 1894, between 5 

and 15 years of age, 264 

Number of children in town May 1, 1894, between 8 

and 14 years of age, 161 

Whole number of pupils enrolled in the schools, 323 

Number of pupils over 15 years of age, 39 

Number of pupils between 8 and 14 years of age, 188 

Average membership of all the schools, 276.3 

Average attendance of all the schools, 259.66 

Per cent, of attendance of all the schools, 93.9 

ATTENDANCE. 

The Centre school has the highest per cent, of attendance 
(96) for the year, and the North school the lowest (86). Notable 
changes in attendance have taken place in the South primary, 
the Centre and the East -schools. The South Acton primary has 
been overcrowded, and if there is much of an increase in mem- 
bership in the spring term, provision w T ill have to be made for an 
overflow school. This contingency can be met if the plan, pre- 
sented on another page, involving the opening of a grammar 
school, is adopted. The Centre school too has gained in mem- 
bership. Since the two schools have been consolidated there has 
been a gain of thirteen members. There has been a marked 
change for the better in the East school since its renovation in 
the spring term. The attendance is much better and the number 
of tardinesses and dismissals greatly lessened. 



60 



SCHOOL REPORT 



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66 
63 


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95 
93 


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36 


14 


£ 


W. A. Charles. ) 
M. Florence Fletcher. ) 


Spring 

Fall 

Winter 


High. 


62.58 
63.66 
60.3 


8:8 

56.64 


fin 11 

50 00 




Spring 




28 


27.08 


25.76 


t 










Hattie L. Tuttle. 


Fall 


South Grammar. 


56 


33-o8 


3i-9 





I 


25 


40 00 




Winter 




33 


31-23 


29-39 


94 










Bertha L. Gardner. ) 
Ella L Miller. j 


Spring 




55 


54.27 


47-71 


SS 








40 00 

*10 00 


Bertha L. Gardner. 


Fall 


South Primary. 


51 


44-82 


42-39 


g 








28 






Winter 




42 


38.27 


37- 












Spring 




32 


3i-5 


30. 


9 










Albertie M. Preston. 


Fall 


West Grammar. 


32 


3i-4i 


30:67 








32 


40 00 




Winter 




33 


30.46 


28.29 


92 












Spring 




33 


32-17 


3°-49 


95 










Harriet H. Gardner. 


Fall 
Winter 

Spring 


West Primary. 


33 
33 

36 


32.41 
29.15 

32.43 

33-98 


26.36 
31-38 


95 

97 








15 


40 00 


Susie E. Conant, 


Fall 


Centre. 


3 s 


32.49 


Q5 








25 


40 00 




W inter 




36 


34.62 


23-3 


97 










Lucy M. Booth. 


Spring 




JI 


27.77 


24.99 


90 








40 00 


Ida A. Hapgood. 


Fall 
Winter 


East. 


26 
26 


25. 
25.5 


23.9 
24-55 


9 ; 
96 








24 


40 00 


Lillian F. Richardson. 


Spring 

Fall 

Winter 


North. 


21 


15.85 
15.92 
15.53 


12.03 
14.61 
14.4 


75 
92 

92 


• 


I 


11 


40 00 



* For 2 months. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 61 



SCHOOLS. 

We have in our school system three ungraded schools, (so 
called), two primary schools, two grammar schools, and a high 
school. There are four grades in each primary school and the 
same in each grammar school, while the ungraded schools cover 
eight grades, or eight years' work. 

Graded schools, with whatever faults they have, are con- 
ceded by the highest authorities to be the best known for work- 
ing out modern ideas of education ; and towns throughout the 
Commonwealth are studying ways and means to perfect such a 
system of schools. Regarded from a technical point of view, a 
graded school has not more than two grades. 

As there are four grades, or more, in every one of our 
schools, they have not yet reached that degree of classification 
which properly designates graded schools, although each school 
is as well graded as the age and attainments of the pupils will 
permit it to be ; hence, it will be seen that the classification is 
such as to render it exceedingly difficult if not impossible to 
secure the most satisfactory results. The many grades in every 
school make necessary a multiplicity of classes ; and a large 
number of classes make the best teaching an impossibility. Our 
teachers are responsive to the demands of the new education, are 
zealous in their work, and endeavor to make their teaching more 
and more effective ; but if our pupils are to be educated along the 
most approved lines, we must give each teacher fewer grades. 
Whether consolidation of schools, which has been the means of 
giving all the school children of some towns, Concord for in- 
stance, and most of the pupils in many other towns the advan- 
tage of a graded school system, will grow in favor with Acton 
people, remains to be seen. I sincerely trust it will. Upon an 
affirmative view of this question depends largely the increased 
efficiency of our schools. 

In the fall term there were enrolled in the South Acton 
primary school fifty-one pupils, divided into four grades cover- 



62 SCHOOL KEPOKT 



ing the first four years' work of the course. Leading educators 
practically agree that it is impossible for the average teacher to 
instruct fifty children well, even if they are all in one grade. 
How much more difficult must it be then to instruct fifty pupils 
well when the teacher has to spread her energy over four times 
as much ground ! The Centre school with thirty -eight pupils 
and the East Acton school with twenty-six pupils, each with 
seven grades covering seven years' work, are laboring under very 
unfavorable conditions for securing the best results, owing to the 
many grades which render much necessary teaching impossible, 
and to the large number of classes — so large, in fact, that a 
teacher cannot properly prepare herself for all the work required. 
That great teacher, Dr. Arnold of Eugby, was once asked why 
he was so careful to prepare himself for every lesson he was to 
give. His answer was : w Because I wish my pupils to drink 
from a living fountain and not from a stagnant pool." Modern 
education demands that the pupils shall associate their knowl- 
edge with life ; therefore if the pupils are to receive the best 
instruction of which the teacher is capable, the number of classes 
must not be so large that the teacher cannot get time in which 
to prepare herself for each recitation. 

The conditions for work have been much improved in the 
last two years, and as a consequence the teaching has been more 
and more effective ; but the schools are much in need of still 
better conditions for improved teaching, and these must be 
brought about principally by consolidation of schools. As a first 
step I would urge the consolidation of the North, East, and 
Centre schools at Acton Centre. The annual report for '94 treats 
the question of consolidation of schools so fully that nothing 
need be said here on that topic in general. In regard to these 
schools in particular, I would say that if they are consolidated 
the pupils will have the advantage of a much better gradation 
and the members of the three schools can be better taught, in 
two schools at the Centre by two of the teachers now employed, 
than they can be under the present arrangement. AVhether such 



TOWN OF ACTON. 63 



a re-arrangement would be a more economical one I know not. 
It perhaps might be made so. Primarily, consolidation of schools 
is not an economic measure. It is a question of better educa- 
tional advantages ; and a measure that will facilitate needed 
improvements in school work, pays, even if it costs a few dollars 
when adopted. This important step in consolidation, I sincerely 
trust will soon be made so that the pupils of these three districts 
will have the advantage of as good grading as the pupils of South 
and West Acton have. 

But as the whole question of transportation may be re- 
opened this year, I would recommend the consideration of one 
more step in consolidation of schools, one which is necessary 
before our school system will afford the educational advantages 
that should be enjoyed by the pupils. At present our teachers 
have too many classes and find it impossible to do the amount of 
work which may be done in closer graded schools. I would suggest 
therefore that a grammar school be established, presumably at 
West Acton because there are ample accomodations in the build- 
ing there for such a school, to which the seventh and eighth year 
pupils may be sent from all parts of the town. The adoption of 
this recommendation would necessarily make the present grammar 
schools, intermediate, and would probably result in giving the 
primary schools the first three years' work instead of the first 
four, and the intermediate schools the fourth, fifth and sixth 
years' work instead of the fifth to eighth inclusive, and would 
bring about a gradation that should be satisfactory to all con- 
cerned. 

Considering the disadvantages in the way of grading against 
which teachers have to contend, the work, done by the schools 
generally has been very satisfactory. There have been no 
phenominal leaps in their progress but a steady, healthful 
advance along the line since the beginning of the year. 

The course of study adopted for the schools at the beginning 
of the year has been used by the teachers as a guide in their 
work during the year and meets the present needs of the schools. 



C>4 SCHOOL REPORT 



On account of the large number of pupils in the South Acton 
primary school in the spring team, Miss Ella L. Miller, a member 
of the senior class of the high school was engaged to assist Miss 
Gardner. 

There has been but one change of teachers during the year. 
Miss Lucy M. Booth, teacher of the East school, resigned on 
account of poor health, at the end of the spring term. Miss Ida 
A. Hapgood succeeded her. 

Teachers' meetings have been held from time to time, after 
school hours, for the purpose of discussing ways and means for 
securing improved work. It was our privilege to attend, also, an 
all-day meeting, at South Acton, of the N. W. Middlesex 
Teachers' Association, in which two Acton teachers, Miss Conant 
and Miss Fletcher, took part, and which was addressed by State 
Agent Geo. A. Walton, and other prominent educators of the 
State. 

HIGH SCHOOL. 



This school has held its membership remarkably well during 
the year, which fact speaks well for its management. The 
apparatus furnished this year is thoroughly appreciated by the 
teachers, and has been found very helpful to the school. There 
is, however, need of additions not only to the physical apparatus 
but to the other means of teaching. The work of the school is 
facilitated by a good supply of apparatus as well as by ample 
accommodations for the work to be done; and the witholding of 
these necessary conditions for good work lessons the opportunity 
of the school to make the best progress possible. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



65 



The following table contains statistics of each school for the 
year : — 



Schools. 


Enrollment. 


Average 
Membership. 


Average 
Attendance. 


Per 
Cent. 


Tardiness. 


Dismissals. 


High, 


66 


62.18 


58.88 


94 


126 


140 


So.Grammar, 


29 


3046 


29.01 


95 


156 


59 


So. Primary, 


65 


45.78 


42.36 


92 


i23 


33 


W .Grammar, 


33 


31.12 


29.65 


95 


96 


120 


W. Primary, 


39 


31.24 


29.25 


93 


81 


87 


Centre, 


38 


33-67 


32.35 


.96 


34 


42 


East, 


32 


26.09 


24.48 


94 


112* 


48?. 


North. 


21 


15.76 


13.68 


86 


12 


64 



323 

*8g in Spring Term. 



276.3 259.66 

+36 in Spring Term. 



7.42 



5.93 



A pupil is enrolled for the year in one school only, begin- 
ning with the spring term. When pupils are promoted their 
names are not enrolled again in the school to which they are 
promoted. As the outgoing class is often larger than the entering 
class, it sometimes happens that the enrollment of school for the 
year is less than the average membership as in the case of 
the South Grammar school. The table giving statistics by terms 
will be found on another page. 



66 



SCHOOL REPORT 



HIGH SCHOOL. 

Graduating Exercises of the Class of '94 at the Town Hall, 
Thursday Evening, June 14. 

GRADUATES : 

ELLA LIZZIE MILLER, BERTHA MAY NEWTON, 

BLANCHE GERTRUDE YARNEY, ERNEST RAY TEELE. 
FRANK ELBR1DGE HAPGOOD. 



PROGRAMME, 



March. 

Prayer. 

Song, '"Greeting," 

Essay. '-Love of Home," 

Poem, "The Concord Sage^,' 

Song, '-By the Moonlight," 

Essay, "Oars and Sailsj"' 



Orchestra 

Rev. H. W. Smith 

School 

Bertha May Newton 

Blanche Gertrude Yarney 

School 

Ella Lizzie Miller 



Address, A. W. Edson, A. M.. Agent State Board of Education 

Song, "Hail to the' Woods." School 

Conferring of Diplomas. Edward Dixon, Supt. of Schools 

Class Ode, Words by Miss Bertha M. Newton 

Music, Orchestra 



Since graduating, four members of the class have attended other insti- 
tutions of learning. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



SCHOOL HOUSES. 

The schoolhOiises generally are in good repair, and, with the 
exception of the South Acton building, have ample accomodations 
for the different schools. The arrangement of rooms for the high 
school — two rooms on the second floor, neither of which will seat 
all the pupils, and a laboratory in the basement — is very incon- 
venient. The main room should be large enough to seat all the 
members of the school comfortably, and the laboratory should be 
more accessible so that it could be reached by the classes without 
disturbing the other schools in the building. The success of a 
school depends largely upon suitable accomodations for the work 
demanded — the proper heating and ventilation of the building, 
the convenient arrangement of the rooms, comfortable seats and 
desks, all necessary means of teaching, etc. This school needs 
another room on the second floor for use as a laboratory and 
recitation room so that the time and the energy of the teachers 
may be more fully economized and the school better accomodated. 

I would recommend, too, the consideration of different means 
of heating this building, and the one at West Acton. 

There was a time, not so very long ago, when there were 
many large pupils in grammar grades. Then, full-sized desks 
were necessary perhaps. Now by the time pupils reach the age 
of fourteen they generally either enter the high school or leave 
school altogether. Thus, although at one time the seats and 
desks may have been suitable for the pupils who occupied them, 
they are now, as a rule, much too large for the present pupils. 
The discomfort bears heaviest on the smallest children, some of 
whom have to sit with their feet dangling an inch or two from 
the floor. 



In my work with the schools during the year I have had the 
active assistance of all the teachers, both in the schoolroom and 
in discussing plans of work at teacher's meetings. I have had 



68 SCHOOL REPORT 



too, the cordial support of the committee in my endeavors to im- 
prove the work of the schools, and I am especially indebted to 
Mr. Williams, the chairman, for valuable suggestions from time 
to time and for his helpful assistance during the year. I take 
this opportunity to acknowledge my gratitude to teachers and 
committee for all assistance rendered in effecting the very favor- 
able conditions under which I have pursued my work through- 
out the vear. 



Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD DIXOX, 

Superintendent of Schools. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 69 



Department of School Supplies. 



To the School Committee : 

I herewith present the annual report of the expense account 
of this department : 

J. L. Hammett. 
Mar. 



7. 20 rms. No. 27 letter paper, $20 00 


2 " " 2 practice " 


1 50 


2 " " 8 " " 


1 20 


2 u " 5 u '<• 


1 20 


1 il u 1 1-2 u " 


75 


8 " manilla letter, 


6 40 


2 1-2 " 6 1b. " 


1 50 


100 Cornhill pads, 


5 25 


36 1-2 lbs. note " 


3 6o 


38 1-2 " No. 547 " 


3 85 


8 doz. manilla pads, 


5 20 


19 lbs. packet " 


1 90 


19 " " " manilla, 


1 43 


2 rms. manilla letter, 


1 20 


5 " 6x9 drawing paper, 


1 50 


5 " 9x12 


3 00 


1 " commercial note, 


6r> 


•250 envelopes, No. 6 1-2, 


40 


5000 No. 6 envelopes, manilla, 


4 00 


6 gross No. 490 pencils, 


4 50 


700 Am. slate pencils, 


1 05 


5 gross Met. pencils, No. 2, 


8 75 


5 " " " " 3, 


8 75 


12 " school pens, 


4 56 


1 doz. ink, 


3 00 



70 SCHOOL REPORT 



Mar. 7. 1-2 gross Gem blackb'd erasers,3 75 

1 " No. 30 rulers, 2 00 

1 1-4 C. blank books, 2 82 

10 doz. No.2 Acme slate bands, 7. 20 

1-2 case 7x11 ruled slates, 5 75 

4 boxes colored cubes, 1 92 
12 packages folding paper,214, 1 44 

1 doz. sandpaper disks, 16 

1 " 3 foot pointers, 80 

$121 03 

Mar. 20. 10 sets fraction rulers, 90 

5 " No. 10 numeral frames,2 40 
50 ' multiplication cards, 1 50 



3 


99 


2 


2o 




16 




30 



Mar. 30. 12 Sheppard's note books, 
5 boxes plain cubes, 

Apr. 10. 1 package sandpaper disks, 
1 metre stick, 



Apr. 24. 30 sets fractional disks, 2 88 

2 gross drawing pencils,No.2, 4 50 
2 gross '< " " 3, 4 50 

2 bxs. prim, counting blocks, 2 00 

3 gross slate in wood pencil, 2 25 



4 80 



6 24 



46 



16 13 
Apr. 25. 500 sheets botany mounting 

paper, 2 50 2 50 

Apr. 27. 6 1-4 doz. manilla pads, 4 39 4 39 

June 22. 1-2 doz. gummed paper, 1 75 1 75 

Aug. 15. 2 doz. bottles muscilage, 1 50 1 50 

Sept. 19. 1 box objects for word teaching,3 50 
1 Gem pencil sharpener, 3 00 

1 Kirpert's map, Borne, 6 40 • 

1 ebony flat ruler, 

12 90 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Oct. 20. 1 doz. ink, $3 .00 i ... 

1 rm. practice paper, .N"o. 1 1-2, 70, , * > 
1 " " " " 3, 70 

1 " " " " 5, 60> • ; 

4 packages sandpaper disks, 64 

6 24 

Nov. 13. Mounting 1 Con'g.map, U. S., 2 50 • 2 50 
Dec. 10. 23setsbook-keep'gblanks,d.eJ2 42 

5 " " " s.e. 2. 25- . 

1 map U. S., 1 00^-15 67 $196 11 

Credit, 2 bottles ink broken, -, ' : 50 



Ginn & Co. 

Mar. 20. 4 Wentwortli P.&S.geometry,$5 00 

15 doz. spelling blanks, No. 2, 6 30. 

14 " tracing books, 10 08 

22 " copy ' " 21 12 



42 50 

Less 1-6, 7 08 35 42 



Apr. 10. 80 Montgomery Am. History,80 00 
80 " beginners, 48 00 



128 00 
Less 1-6, 21 33 

Sept. 5. 3 Greenough's ' Cicero, 3 75 

12 Gage Elem. of Physics, 13 44 

9 Wentwortli Sch. algebra, 10 0B 



Less 1-6, 

Dec. 6. 9 Gram. Sch. arithmetic^ 
Less 1-6, 



106 6' 



27 27 
4 54 


1 95 
32 



$195 61 



1 63 



SCHOOL REPORT 



Dec. 1. 1 Meyer's gen'l. history, $ 1 25 
Postage, 16 

1 41 

Jan. 12. 1 Meyer's gen'l. history, 1 25 

2 sets book-keeping blanks, 1 20 2 45 



170 31 

Credit by old books iii exchange, 28 00 



American Book Company. 

Mar. 20. 6 Jevon's Polit. Economy, $2 10 

18 Barnes' Hist, of Greece, 13 50 

18 " " " Rome, 18 00 

1 Geom. primmer, 35 

33 95 
Less 1-6, 6 79 



Mar. 29. 2 Barnes' Hist, of Greece, 1 50 
2 Grey's How Plants Grow, 1 60 



27 16 



3 10 
Less 1-6, 62 



2 48 



Apr. 10. 80 Barnes' Com. geography, 100 00 
80 " Mem. " 44 00 



144 00 
Less 1-5, 28 80 



115 20 



Apr .26. 100 Webster Sell, dictionary, 48 00 
2 Barnes' Hist, Rome, 2 00 



50 00 
Less 1-5, 10 00 

40 00 

Sept. 7. 12 Barnes' Elem. geography, 6 60 
Less 1-5, 1 32 

5 28 



$142 31 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Oct. 26. 6 Webster Sch. dictionary, 2 88 
12 Swinton's word book, 2 16 



5 04 

Less 1-5, 1 04 

1 4 04 

Jan. ' 1. 6 Barnes' Eleni. geography, 3 30 

Less 1-5, 6C> 2 64 



196 80 
Credit by old books in exchange, 33 60 

$ 163 20 

Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 
Apr. 25. 35 Colburn's 1st lessons arith- 
metic, $10 41 $10 41 

Lee & Sheppaiid. 

May 5. 1 Smith classical dictionary, $2 92 $2 92 

Sept. 5. 13 Swinton's Eng. literature, 15 60 

Less 1-6, 2 60 13 00 

$15 92 

D. C. Heath & Co. 
May 14. 1 Clark's Microscopy, $1 28 $1 28 

Sept. 5. 5 Guides to science teaching, 2 35 
Less 1-3, 78 



Postage, 

Dec. 1. 16 French literature, 
Less 1-6, 



1 57 




13 







1 70 


4 80 




80 


4 00 



University Publishing Co, 
Sept. 5. 9 Green's Zoology, $9 00 

Less 1-6, 1 50 



$6 98 



7 50 



74 SCHOOL REPORT 



Dec. 4. 9 S. F. P. astronomy, $9 00 

Less 1-6, 1 50 7 50 

$15 00 

Mayxard Merrill & Co. 
Sept. 5. 4 Keetel's French readers, $4 00 $4 00 

Public School Printing Co. 
Sept. 7. 200 Baldwin Report Books, $3 15 $3 15 

Sundry Expenditures. 
Paid Wm. Jennings, express charges, $5 12 
" K C. Reed, " " 2 15 

" W. A. Charles, " " 1 00 8 27 8 27 



$564 85 
The property now in the supply room is valued at $175.00. 
Very respectfully, 

CHARLES J. WILLIAMS, 



Purchasing Agent. 



TOWN OF ACTON. <0 



Town Warrant, 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts, ) 
Middlesex, ss. ) 

To either of the Constables of the Town of .Acton, in the County 
of Middlesex, . Greeting : 

Yon are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts, to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town 
of Acton, qualified to vote in elections and town affairs, to 
assemble in the Town Hall, in said Town, on Monday, the First 
Day of April, A. D. 1895, at nine o'clock, A. M., then and there 
to act upon the following articles as they may think proper, viz : 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said 
meeting. 

Art. 2. To see if the Town will accept of the Jury List as 
revised by the Selectmen . 

Art. 3. To see if the Town will accept the reports of the 
Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee and other 
Town Officers, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 4. To choose all necessary Town Officers and Com- 
mittees. 

Art. 5. To see if the Town will authorize the Treasurer, 

with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money for the 

Town, if necessary, in anticipation of the taxes for the current 

year. 

' • Art. 6. To see if the Town will allow a discount on taxes 

*\paid on or before Nov. 1st. \Z^ 

Art. 7. 1 o see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Art. 8. To see if the Town will vote to sell the piece of 
land near the Monument House without any restriction, or act 
anything thereon. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



X 



X 



Art. 9. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the support of schools the present year, and how it shall be 
divided. 

Art. 10. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for school supplies the present year. 

Art. 11. To see if the Town will erect and maintain street 
lamps the present year, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 12. To vote "Yes" or "No" in answer to the question 
hall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in the 
wn the present year. 

Art. 13. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the enforcement of the liquor law. 

Art. 14. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the repairing of roads and bridges the present year. 

Art. 15. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the due observance of Memorial Day, or act anything 
thereon. 

Art. 16. To see if the Town will vote to widen the road 
near the house of Chas. L. Davis, as laid out by the Eoad Com- 
missioners. 

Art. IT. To see if the Town will vote to discontinue a 
piece of road beginning at the northwest line of the Framingham 
and Lowell railroad, near the house of J. IT. Standish, to a point 
at or near the house of S. S. Sleeper, or pass any votes thereon. 

Art. 18. To hear and act upon the reports of any Committee 
chosen to* report at this meeting, or pass any votes thereon. 

Art. 19. To see what action the Town will take in refer, 
ence to tramps. 

Art. 20. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise for the celebration of the 19th of April. 

Art. 21. To see if the Town will take any action in refer- 
ence to the Town's interest in Magog pond as a water supply, or 
pass any votes thereon. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will build a road from a point 
near a house of Alonzo L. Tuttle to the Littleton town line, at a 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



DU11 

V 



point to connect with a proposed way in said town of Littleton 
to county road near Magog pond, or take any action thereon. 

Art. 23. To see if the Town will straighten the road lead- 
ing from the Gould road in a southeasterly course to the Acton 
road, as laid out by the Road Commissioners. 

Art. 24. To see if the Town will vote to sell the wood and 
lumber in Mount Hope cemetery, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 25. To see if the Town will authorize the school 
committee to provide suitable heating apparatus for the South 
and West schoolhouses, or do or act anything thereon. 

Art. 26. To see if the Town w r ill vote to enlarge the school- 
building at South Acton, or do or act anything thereon. 

Art. 27. To see if the Town will vote to sell the town farm, 
o\ act anything thereon. 

Art. 28. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise to defray town charges the present year. 

Art. 29. To see if the Town will vote to sell the Southeast 
schoolhouse, or act anything thereon. 

And you are hereby directed to serve this warrant by posting 
up copies attested by you in the following places : one in each of 
the Post Offices in the Town, one at each of the Railroad Stations 
in the Town, one in each of the stores of Tuttles, Jones & 
Wetherbee, M. E. Taylor & Co., H. A. Littlefleld, C. H. Mead 
& Co., and one at the Magog House, seven days at least before 
the time for holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon, to the selectmen or Town Clerk, on or 
before the time for holding said meeting. 



Given under our hands in Acton, this Fourteenth Day of 
March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and 
ninety -five. ^— mmaimamm ^^ ^ 

E. FAULKNER CONAXT, 
DANIEL J. WETHERBEE. 
ISAIAH HUTCHINS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, 
said road to be known as Huron Road, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a southwesterly and then curving in a south- 
easterly direction a distance of approximately twelve hundred 
sixty-one (1,261) feet from Huron Road to Oneida Road, and 
said road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one 
year after acceptance, said road to be known as Algonquin 
Road, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a southerly direction a distance of approxi- 
mately twelve hundred (1,200) feet from Longfellow Park to 
New England Telephone and Telegraph Pole Number four (4) 
and also extending as a curving road northerly, easterly, 
southerly and westerly to Thoreau Road a distance of approxi- 
mately sixteen hundred fifty (1,650) feet from Longfellow 
Park, and said road to be maintained by the developer for a 
period of one year after acceptance, said road to be known as 
Alcott Street, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a southerly direction a distance of approxi- 
mately seven hundred fifty-seven (757) feet from Alcott Street 
to' Thoreau Road, and said road to be maintained by the 
developer for a period of one year after acceptance, said road 
to be known as Hawthorne Street, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a southerly direction a distance of approxi- 
mately twelve hundred (1,200) feet from Alcott Street to 



Hawthorne Street, and said road to be maintained by the 
developer for a period of one year after acceptance, said road 
to be known as Thoreau Road, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Article 14. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a southwesterly direction from Robbins 
Street to a temporary turnaround directly in front of Lot #27, 
a distance of approximately thirteen hundred fifty (1,350) 
feet, said road to be maintained by the developer for a period 
of one year after acceptance, said road to be known as Billings 
Street, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 15. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a westerly direction from the point where 
it now ends, to the westerly line of Lot #10 and Lot #42 to a 
temporary turnaround, a distance of approximately six hun- 
dred (600) feet, said road to be known as Robbins Street, 
and said road to be maintained by the developer for a period 
of one year after acceptance, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Article 16. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a northerly direction from School Street a 
distance of approximately eight hundred (800) feet to Hosmer 
Street, said road to be known as Foster Street, and said road 
to be maintained by the developer for a period of one year 
after acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 17. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in an easterly direction from Piper Road a 
distance of approximately five hundred sixty-five (565) feet, 
said road to be known as Brucewood Road, and said road to be 



maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 18. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a southerly direction from Brucewood Road 
a distance of approximately seven hundred fifty (750) feet, 
said road to be known as Pinewood Road, and said road to be 
maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 19. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a northwesterly direction from Pope Road, 
a distance of approximately eleven hundred seventy-five 
(1,175) feet, said road to be known as Brabrook Road, and 
said road to be maintained by the developer for a period of 
one year after acceptance, or take any other action relative 
thereto. 

Article 20. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a northeasterly direction from Brabrook 
Road a distance of approximately 878 feet, said road to be 
known as Flagg Road, and said road to be maintained by the 
developer for a period of one year after acceptance, or take 
any other action relative thereto. 

Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a westerly direction from Willow Street a 
distance of approximately eleven hundred ninety-three (1,193) 
feet, said road to be known as Marian Road, and said road to 
be maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 22. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 



office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a southerly direction from Marian Road a 
distance of approximately eight hundred twelve (812) feet, 
said road to be known as Smart Road, and said road to be 
maintained by the developer for a period of one year after 
acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 23. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a westerly direction from Smart Road to 
Duggan Road, a distance of approximately six hundred ten 
(610) feet, said road to be known as Townsend Road, and said 
road to be maintained by the developer for a period of one year 
after acceptance, or take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 24. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a southerly direction from Marian Road a 
distance of approximately five hundred (500) feet, said road 
to be known as Duggan Road, and said road to be maintained 
by the developer for a period of one year after acceptance, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

Article 25. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a northwesterly direction from Townsend 
Road to Duggan Road, a distance of approximately six hun- 
dred eighty-seven (687) feet, said road to be known as Smart 
Road, and said road to be maintained by the developer for a 
period of one year after acceptance, or take any other action 
relative thereto. 

Article 26. To see if the Town will vote to accept as a 
Town Way the road, the Plan of which has been filed in the 
office of the Town Clerk, said Plan showing a road forty (40) 
feet in width and a twenty-four (24) foot or more travelled 
way extending in a northeasterly direction from Marian Road 
thence westerly to Pole #9 of the Boston Edison Company, a 
distance of approximately twelve hundred forty-three (1,243) 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



Town of Acton, 



(MASS 



FROM 



MARCH 12, 1895, TO MARCH 12, 1896. 



TOGETHER WITH THE 



SCHOOL REPORT. 







ACTON, .MASS.: 
ENTERPRISE PRINTING COMPANY 

1896. 



Index to Contents. 



Town Officers, 1895, 


3 


Treasurer's Report, 


♦ 5 


Selectmen's Report, 


9 


Table of Valuation and Financial Statistics, 


34 


List of Jurors, 


35 


Report of Overseers of Poor, 


36 


Town Clerk's Report, — Births, 


38 


Marriages, .... 


39 


Deaths, 


41 


Dogs Licensed, 


43 


Trustees of Acton Memorial Library, 


45 


School Report, 


51 


Report of School Committee, .... 


53 


" Superintendent, 


58 


" " Supplement, 


68 


Department of School Supplies, .... 


76 


Address of Eben H. Davis at Graduation, . 


83 



Town Warrant, 1896, 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



Town of Acton, 



(MASS.) 



FROM 



MARCH 12, 1895, TO MARCH 12, 1896. 



TOGETHER WITH THE 



SCHOOL REPORT. 




4 g ACTCHM i 



ACTON, MASS.: 

THE ENTERPRISE PRINTING COMPANY, 

1896. 



Town Officers = 1895 



TOWN CLERK. 

Horace F. Tuttle. 

TREASURER. 

J. K. W. Wetherbee. 

SELECTMEN. 

Daniel J. Wetherbee. 

ASSESSORS. 

James I>. Tuttle. 

OVERSEERS OF POOR. 

Edwin C. Parker. 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES. 

Wm. F. Stevens. 

ROAD COMMISSIONERS. 

Herman A. Gould. 

AUDITOR. 

. Hiram J. Hapgood. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 

Horace F. Tuttle. 
Frank A. Houston. Wm. H. 

CONSTABLES. 

James Kingsley. i i Edwin A. Plialen. 
Keuben L. Reed. 



E. Faulkner Conant. 
* Phineas Wetherbee. 
Lyman Tuttle. 

Nahum Littlefield. 



Charles J. Williams. 



Isaiah Hutchins. 
Anson C. Piper. 
Moses A. Reed. 



Wm. Kingsley. 



John Fletcher. 



CEMETERY COMMITTEE. 

Levi W. Stevens. 



Isaiah Hutchins. 
Hart well. 

Wm. F. Stevens. 
Horace F. Tuttle. 



4 ANNUAL REPORTS 

FENCE VIEWERS. 

Daniel H. Farrar. Eeuben L. Reed. 

SURVEYORS OF WOOD AND LUMBER, ETC. 

Augustus Fletcher. Edward F. Richardson. 

Jonathan P. Fletcher. Herbert T. Clark. Edgar H. Hall. 

Chas. W. Pitnam. Geo. H. Harris. James E. Billings. 

INSPECTOR OF CATTLE. 

Moses A. Reed. 

REGISTRARS OF VOTERS. 

Julian Tuttle. James MeGreen. Frank H.^Whitcomb. 

Horace F. Tuttle, Clerk. 

TRUSTEES OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY. 

Luther Conant. Moses Taylor. Adelbert Mead. 

Daniel J. Wetherbee. Delette H. Hall. Hiram J. Hapgood. 
Wm. D. Tuttle. L. A. Hesselton. Chas. J. Williams. 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. 

William F. Stevens. 

ENGINEERS OF FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Daniel H. Farrar. Wm. Kingsley. 

WEIGHERS OF COAL AND HAY. 

J. P. Fletcher. D. J. Wetherbee. Eugene Stevens. 

Chas. J. Williams. 

UNDERTAKER. 

Isaac F. Duren. 

JANITOR OF TOWN HALL. 

Chas. W. Pitman. 
* Deceased. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Treasurer's Report. 



TOWN OF ACTON in account with J. K. W. Wetherbee, Treus. 

1896. Dr. 

Mar. 12. To cash paid, State tax, $ 900 00 

" " County tax, 1,420 90 

" " Selectmen's orders, 26,032 76 

To balance due the town, 631 65 



[$28,985 31 



1895. Ce. 

Mar. 12. By balance in the treasury, $ 740 78 

Received from First National Bank of Ayer, 

borrowed money, 5,000 00 

-DistrictCourt of Central Mas- 
sachusetts, for fines, 174 90 
Nathan Johnson, for grass 

in Woodlawn Cemetery, 5 00 

Acton AVater Committee, for 

lumber, 1 48 

American Powder Mills, for 

423 feet of plank, 12 26 

•S. Jones, Jr., for water closet 

in South East District, 5 00 

C. J. Williams, for school 

supplies sold to pupils, 7 23 

C. J. Williams, on account of 

prize books, 1 20 

L. W. Stevens, for lots sold 

in Mount Hope cemetery, 24 00 
John Fletcher, for lots sold 

in Woodlawn cemetery, 6 00 

Arthur F. Blanchard, license 

to slaughter, 1 00 



() ANNUAL REPORTS 

Received from Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 

license to slaughter, 
Moses A. Beed, license to 

slaughter, 
Town of Boxboro, for tuition, 
G-. H. Tales, on account of 

supervision of schools, 
Acton Memorial Library, for 

tines, 
C. W. Pitman, for rent of 

town hall and cellar, 
N. Littlefield, for use of road 

scraper, 
N. Littlefield, for road clean- 
ings, 
State Treasurer, corporation 

tax, 
State Treasurer, National 

Bank tax, 
State Treasurer, military aid, 

chap. 279, acts 1889, 
State Treasurer, state aid, 

chap. 301, acts 1889, 
State Treasurer, soldiers' aid, 

chap. 62, acts 1894, 
State Treasurer,income Mass. 

school fund, 
State Treasurer, for support 

of state pauper, 
County Treasurer, on account 

of dog tax, 
Lyman Tuttle, for milk sold 

at town farm, 
Lyman Tuttle, for apples sold 

at town farm, 
Lyman Tuttle, for four cows 

sold at town farm, 
Lyman Tuttle, for calves sold 

at town farm, 



$1 00 


1 


00 


75 


33 


375 00 


30 


64 


54 


13 


2 


00 


3 


00 


673 


89 


265 


28 


151 


25 


578 


00 


17 


50 


235 


35 


2 


00 


211 


47 


802 


97 


269 00 


89 


75 


7 


50 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Eeceived from Lyman Tuttle, for eggs sold 
at town farm, 


$31 91 


Lyman Tuttle, for poultry 
sold at town farm, 


12 41 


Lyman Tuttle, for potatoes 
sold at town farm, 


23 00 


Lyman Tuttle, for pumpkins 
sold at town farm, 


50 


Lyman Tuttle, for wood sold 




at town farm, 


64 69 


Lyman Tuttle, use of ball at 




at town farm, 


50 


Lyman Tuttle, barrels so 
at town farm, 


2 40 


Lyman Tuttle, board of Clar- 
ence McCormick at town 
farm, 


12 00 


Wm. F. Stevens, collector, 




taxes for A. D. 1893, 


341 87 


Wm. F. Stevens, collector, 




taxes for A. D. 1894, 


1,756 14 


Wm. E. Stevens, collector, 
taxes for A. D. 1895, 


16,849 52 


Interest on money -in bank, 


65 46 




$28,985 31 



J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Treasurer's Report of Money held for Care of Lots in the 

Cemeteries. 



1896. 


Dr. 




March 12. 


To Hepsabeth Piper fund, 


$ 50 00 




Frederick Rouillard fund, 


100 00 




William W. Davis " 


100 00 




Jedediah Tuttle, " 


50 00 




Nancy K. Handley, " 


500 00 




Mary Skinner, " 


200 00 




Eliza A. Whitcoinb, " 


75 00 



$1,075 00 
J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



I have examined the reports of the Treasurer and find them 
correct. 

HIRAM J. HAPGOOD, 

Auditor of the Town of Acton. 



TOWN OF ACTON 



Selectmen's Report, 



We respectfully submit to you our report for the year ending 
March 12th, and recommendations for the present year. 



For State tax, 




$1,100 00 


" County tax, 




1,400 00 


" Memorial Library, 




600 00 


" Schools, 




4,700 00 


" School supplies, 




475 00 


" Scientific apparatus, 




150 00 


" Transportation of scholars, 




240 00 


" Roads and bridges, 




2,500 00 


" Overlayings, 




400 00 


Town charges, the following : 






Miscellaneous expenses, 


$1,150 00 




Discount on taxes, 


1,000 00 




Town officers, 


1,400 00 




Support of poor, 


800 00 




Repairs on town buildings, 


600 00 


\ 


Street lamps, 


350 00 




Cemetery expenses, 


200 00 




Interest on debt, 


300 00 




Printing, 


150 00 




Soldiers' relief, 


50 00 


6,000 00 






$17,565 00 



According to these recommendations your rate of taxation 
will be about the same as last year, $11.00. 

We expected to have reduced the debt last year on a $11.00 
rate, but as there was an expenditure of money in a certain line 



10 ANNUAL REPORTS 

on which there was no estimate made, it was impossible to do so. 
Had it not been for this onr estimate would have come within 
$200.00 of the actual cost. 

If you appropriate a sum of money for a certain object, that 
money comes from the amount raised for town charges, and if it 
is not figured in that amount it must come from somewhere, and 
it will therefore necessarily increase your debt. 

Whereas if you raise a certain sum it will increase your rate 
and not change your debt. In looking over the warrant it seems 
to us that your rate will be very much higher than we have es- 
timated, if you grant all that is asked for in it, but the matter is 
in your hands to decide. 

According as you vote so must your rate be. At the end of 
our report you will find the valuation and some financial statistics 
of the town for the past thirty years, which may be of interest 
to you. 

Following is the financial report : 



SUPPOKT OF SCHOOLS. 
Centre School. 

Paid Susie E. Conant, teacher, 36 weeks 

(Grammar), $360 00 

Florence K Day, teacher, 18 weeks 

(Primary), 
Nathan Johnson, janitor, 

" cleaning rooms, 

" matches, 

James Hill, cleaning rooms, 
H. F. Tuttle, for soap and powder, 
C. O. Neil, 4 cords wood, 
G. E. Greenough, 11,520 lbs. coal, 



.80 


00 


52 


50 


1 


50 




20 


5 


25 




40 


16 00 


31 


10 





TOWN OF ACTON. 




Paid M. E. Taylor & Co 


., twine, 


$ 25 


n 


brush, 


87 


u 


63 ft. wire, 


48 


a 


tacks, 


04 


a 


ivorine, 


12 


a 


oil, 


35 


u 


1 dipper, 


10 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 1 brush, 


25 


a 


2 5-8 rope, 


32 


u 


3 keys and 




tags, 




1 05 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, ring 


10 



11 



North Actox. 
Paid Lillian P. Richardson, teacher, 36 



weeks, 


$360 00 


W. B. Harriman, janitor, 


54 00 


" cleaning room, 


5 00 


" wood, 


5 00 


E. Jones & Do., 12,965 lbs. coal, 


38 90 


Allen G. Smith, cleaning room, 


5 00 


East School. 




Paid Ida A. Hapgood, teacher, 36 weeks, 


$360 00 


Alden Johnson, janitor, 


30 00 


Daniel H. Parrar, 2 cords wood, 


9 00 


Wm. Coons, cutting wood, 


3 00 


" labor, 


30 


Mrs. Mannon, cleaning room, 


3 25 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 1 duster, 


89 


1 jar, 


28 



South School. 
Paid Hattie L. Tuttle, teacher, (Grammar) 

24 weeks, $240 00 

Henrietta Cutler, teacher, (Grammar) 

12 weeks, 120 00 



$650 



$467 90 



$406 72 



12 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Paid Bertha L. Gardner, teacher, (Primary) 




25 weeks, 


$250 00 


Lilla Keniston, teacher, (Primary) 10 




weeks, 


100 00 


Martha Hosmer, teacher, (Primary) 1 




week, 


10 00 


C. L. Bradford, janitor, 


90 00 


" cleaning rooms, 


6 00 


" 1-2 cord wood, 


3 00 


M. Hannon, cleaning vault, 


1 00 


F. J. Hastings & Co.,, 1083 lbs. coal, 


3 03 


" 10,187 lbs. coal, 


27 50 


" 10,610 lbs. coal, 


28 56 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 2 pails, 


74 


" hardware, 


43 


" 2 dippers, 


66 


" oil, 


08 


" 1 basin, 


37 


ljar, 


40 


" 1 thermom- 




eter, 


25 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, polish, 


10 


" 2 mats, 


2 80 


" 1 mat, 


5 63 


" 1 brush, 


2 00 



West School. 
Paid Albertie M. Preston (Grammar) 36 

weeks, $360 00 

Harriet H. Gardner, (Primary) 36 

weeks, 
F. W. Green, janitor (spring), 
Thomas Scanlon, janitor (fall and 

winter), 
Herman Gould, 2 cords wood, 
F. W. Green, cutting and getting in 

wood, 
E. C. Parker & Co., 15,500 lbs. coal, 



360 


00 


25 00 


52 


00 


8 


00 


5 


00 


39 52 



$892 55 



TOWN OF ACTON. 13 



Paid Thomas Scan Ion, cleaning rooms, 


$6 


12 


May Richardson, cleaning room, 


2 


50 


C. H. Mead & Co., 3 mats, 


11 


40 


" 1 pail, 




42 


" 2 brooms, 




70 


" 2 brooms, 




50 


" bottle mucilage, 




10 

$871 26 


HIGH SCHOOL. 






Paid W. A. Charles, principal, 


$1,000 00 


M. Florence Fletcher, assistant teacher, 450 


00 


C. L. Bradford, Janitor, 


90 


00 


" " cleaning rooms, 


7 


00 


Augustine Hosmer, 400 programmes, 


3 50 


J. L. Hammett, writing diplomas, 


3 


75 


F. J. Hastings & Co., 1,082 lbs. coal, 


3 03 


" " " 10,188 " 


27 


51 


" " " 10,610 " 


28 


56 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 15 yds.ril 


jbon, 2 


40 


" " " ■' moth mai 


•bles, 


08 


" " " " 1 duster, 




35 


" u " " 1 thermometer, 


25 


Arthur Tuttle, orchestra, graduating 


exer- 




cises, 


15 


00 ' 






$1,631 43 


SCHOOL SUPPLIES, 






Paid Ginn & Co., 


$ 91 


27 


D. C. Heath & Co., 


9 


34 


J. L. Hammett, 


151 


95 


Silver, Burdett & Co., 


3 


13 


Lee & Shepard, 


20 


81 


Perry, Mason & Co., 


14 


00 


American Book Co.. 


11 


08 


Houghton & Mifflin, 


34 


77 


Educational Publishing Co., 


50 20 


University " " 


7 


20 


Gately & O'Gorman, 


15 00 


Prang Educational Co., 


66 


13 



JS. 




$65 


74 


1 


25 


3 34 


9 


2 


15 


00 


12 


50 


1 


67 



14 AMUAL REPORTS 

Paid Public School Printing Co., $3 70 

Thompson, Brown & Co., 10 50 

De Wolfe, Fiske & Co., 6 00 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 1 95 

C. H. Mead & Co., 65 

C. J. Williams, express, 6 05 



SCIENTIFIC APPARATUS 

Paid Ziegler Electric Co., 
Silver, P>urdett & Co., 
D. Appleton & Co., 
American Book Co., 
J. L. Hammett, 
Balch Bros., 
Ginn & Co., 



TRANSPORTATION OF SCHOLARS. 

Paid C. I. Miller, $36 00 

D. C. Harris, 27 00 
J. W. Parsons, 25 50 
John May nes, 24 00 
M. E.. Taylor, 24 00 

E. F. Conant, 6 00 
Luther Conant, 6 00 
Chas. Edwards, 6 00 
Robert Wayne, 18 00 

E. P. Wood, 6 00 
L. C. Taylor, 6 00 
G. W. Poore, 6 00 
D. J. Wetherbee, 7 00 
J. R. Bassett, 7 00 

F. E. Emery, 21 00 
W. G. Davis, 7 00 
S. H. Taylor, 21 00 
John Davis, 9 00 
Amanda Bryant, 3 00 
A. M. Knowlton, 9 00 



$503 73 



$108 75 



TOWN OF ACTON. 15 



id Eliza J. Shattuck, 


$9 00 


E. S. Rich, 


3 00 


F. R. Knowlton, 


15 00 


J. A. Goding, 


9 00 


Caroline M. Handley, 


3 00 


D. C. Cutler, 


15 00 


C. A. Holbrook, 


9 00 


F. H. Whitcomb, 


9 00 


Geo. B. Parker, 


9 00 


Thomas Scanlon, 


9 00 


Mrs. E. I. Teele, 


9 00 


S. A. Guilford, 


9 00 


W. L. Mead, 


9 00 


Thomas Knowlton, 


9 00 


H. A. Littlefield, 


18 00 


Geo. S. Reed, 


3 00 


W. L. Tenney, 


6 00 


C. S. Hewins, 


12 00 


0. A. Knowlton, 


6 00 


Mrs. E. S. Burroughs, 


6 00 


Mrs. E. G. Webster, 


3 00 


W. S. Jones, south east, 


180 00 







MAINTAINING STREET LAMPS. 

Paid West Acton Street Lighting Associa- 
tion, 41, $ 99 63 
Acton Centre Improvement Society, 65, 157 95 
Henry Barker, 2, * 4 86 
E. J. Banks, 2 43 
L. V. Clough, 2, 4 86 
Gardner Clark, 2 43 
Rev. W. F. Dussault, 2 43 
I. F. Duren, 2 43 
A. J. Fletcher, . 2 43 
J. P. Fletcher, 2, 4 86 
Mrs. Geo. W. Gates, 2 43 



$634 50 



16 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Paid H. J. Hapgood, 


$2 43 


Charles Hodges, 


2 43 


F. J. Hastings & Co., 


2 43 


L. A. Hesselton, 


2 43 


D. C. Harris, 


2 43 


Francis Hosmer, 


2 43 


L. S. Hosmer, 


2 43 


A. H. Jones, 


2 43 


Elnatlian Jones, 


2 43 


W. H. Jones, 


2 43 


Mrs. M. E. Lotlirope, 


2 43 


A. Merriam, 2, 


4 S6 


Frank Merriam, 


2 43 


Albert Moulton, 


2 43 


John D. Moulton, 


2 43 


Anson C. Piper, 


2 43 


Mrs. Ruth Piper, 


2 43 


E. N. Bobbins, 


2 43 


C. S. Simonds, 


2 43 


F. Z. Taylor, 


2 43 


Tattles, Jones & Wetherbee, 3, 


7 29 


Edwin Tarbell, 


2 43 


Mrs. Lottie Folman, 


2 43 


Geo. W. Worster, 


2 43 



$352 35 



STATE AND MILITARY AID. 



Paid W. B. Ball, chap. 279, acts 1889, board, $183 00 
Allen G. Smith, " 
Addison 1>. Wheeler, 
A. C. Handley, chap. 
Sarah E. Handley, ' 
Phebe F. Wood, 
Eliza J. Shattck, 
Luke Smith, ' 

Mary Smith, 
Rebecca C. Wright, ' 
Achsa Han scorn, ' 



it a 


15 00 


a a 


15 00 


301, acts 1889, 1 yr., 


62 00 


( it it 


48 00 


(i a it 


48 00 


■ 


48 00 


t a (i 


48 00 


i a u 


48 00 


t a u 


48 00 


i a a 


48 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 17 

Paid Emma F. Blood, chap. 301, acts '89, 1 yr., $48 00 



Susan B. Winn, " 


a 


u 


48 00 


Bichard G. Dane, " 


iC 


3 mos., 


15 00 


Addison B.Whealer, u 


it 


4 « 


16 00 


George Handley, " 


a 


2 " 


8 00 


Allen G. Smith, " 


it 


1 " 


4 00 


Bridget Mawn, " 


u 


10 " 


40 00 



CEMETEHY EXPENSES. 

Paid Levi W. Stevens, labor in Mt. Hope, $ 97 81 
Nathan Johnson, " AVoodlawn, 106 00 
George E.Greenough, " " 2 60 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, phosphate, 8 20 



MEMOKIAL LIBRARY. 

Paid DeWolfe, Fiske & Co., for books, $120 11 

Henry D. Noyes, magazines, 
Wm. D. Tuttle, " 

Eustis & Lauriat, " 

Luther Conant, express, 
O. D. Wood, janitor, 
Ida A. H. Tuttle, librarian, 
D. Adelbert Cutler, transporting books, 
John McCarthy, 1 cord wood, 
F. J. Barnard & Co., binding magazines, 
J. F. Scott, 2,000 slips, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., incidentals, 
Wm. 1). Tuttle, " 

F. J. Hastings & Co., 11,095 lbs. coal. 



28 85 


1 00 


1 67 


50 


103 50 


103 00 


s, 51 00 


3 00 


es, 21 50 


9 50 


16 86 


2 63 


30 45 



$790 00 



$214 61 



$493 57 



18 ANNUAL REPORTS 

SUPPORT OF POOR OX FARM. 

Paid L. W. Livington, soap in 1894, $ 7 91 

1895, 7 50 

W. F. Hale, blacksmith bill, 3 65 

Brown & Lawrence, " 16 77 

O. L. Newcomb, " 19 66 

J. A. McPherson, " 10 71 

Moses Thompson, 350 00 

" " for goods and labor, 43 67 

M. E. Taylor, store bill, 318 71 

Tnttles, Jones & Wetherbee, store bill, 168 23 

F. J. Hastings & Co., 1 plow, 12 00 

" " " grain bill, 52 55 

E. C. Parker & Co., 309 82 

W. E. Whitcomb & Co., meat bill, 59 11 

Otis H. Forbush, 3 cows, 147 50 

J. B. Tattle, 2 cows, 111 00 

Luke Tuttle, 65 barrels, 11 70 

E. Jones & Co., 8 29 
W. B. Holt, 15 23 
J. E. Ordway, to April 8, 1895, 44 41 

F. McQuade, labor, 8 25 
Charles Colder, " 18 00 
C. McCormick, " 14 31 
John Linck, " 31 00 
Isaac B. Spinney, " 8 25 
O. D. Wood, " 2 00 
M. A. Reed, < l 10 38 

" " potatoes, 2 15 

F. J. Barker, M. D., 1 00 



11813" 76 



SUPPORT OF OUTSIDE POOR. 

Paid City of Boston, for Hannah Stanton, $ 2 83 
" « Win. G. Whitney, 7 00 

Worcester Insane Asylum, support of 

Clara Wheeler, 169 46 



TOWN OF ACTOX. 19 

Paid State Treasurer, support of Emily Tovvne 

to April 1, 1895, $84 50 

State Treasurer, support of E. P. Hunt, 47 36 
Ayer Home, support of May Kingsley, 81 00 
Edwin Tarbell, Aid for Mrs. Jas. 

McLaughlin, 15 72 

E. Jones & Co., aid for Mrs Jas. Mc. 

Laughlin, 1 98 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, aid for 

Mrs. Jas. McLaughlin, 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, aid for 

Mrs. J. Quinlan, 
Dr. I. Hutchins, medical attendance on 

Frank Ashler, 
Town of Maynard, aid, Mrs. Trainor, 
Mrs. C. A. Vose, " " 

J. E. Richardson, care of Frank Ashler, 

#540 51 





35 


52 


00 


on 




10 


00 


17 


31 


36 


00 


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00 



LOANS PAID. 

Paid Ayer National Bank, note, $2,000 00 

" " " " 3 mos. interest, 26 67 

" " note, 3,000 00 

" " •« " 3 mos. interest, 60 00 

John A. Bowen* 1 year's interest on 

$1,000 note, 
Mrs. P. V. Hapgood, note, 

" " " interest on note 

from June 1, 1894, to Jan. 15, 1896, 

F. H. Jones, 1 year's interest on $700 

note, 
F. H. Jones, 1 year's interest on $600 

note, 
Estate of Win. Davis, 1 year's interest 

on $350 note, 
Estate of Win. Davis, 1 year's interest 

on $400 note, 
Estate of Win, Davis, 1 yearc interest 

on $1,028 note, 
Mrs. W. YV. Davis, 1 year's interest on 
$100 note, 



50 00 
500 00 


\ 40 


55 


) 

[35 

) 


00 


30 


00 


17 


50 


20 


00 


51 


40 


i 

5 


00 



; 5,836 12 



20 ANNUAL KEP0KT8 

PRINTING. 

Paid Enterprise Printing Co., reports, $84 03 

" " " notices, 

" " " warrants, 



" " " water report, 

" '- ''• voting lists, 

Augustine Hosmer, tickets, 

" " treasurer orders, 

" " envelopes, 

" w tramp permit, 

" " 200 tags, 

" " letter heads, 

" " votes, 

" " orders, 

<•' " note heads, 

" " letter heads, 

'■ " envelopes, 

" i* programmes, 

J. F. Scott, flyers, 

Corbett Printing Co., 1,000 schedules for 
assessors, 

Campbell & Hanscom, poll tax lists, 

H. F. T uttle, for voting list, 



2 


00 


3 


75 


3 


75 


■t, 18 60 


12 


50 


2 


00 


1 


75 


1 


75 


1 


00 




50 


1 


75 


1 


50 


1 


00 


1 


25 


1 


65 


1 


(55 


3 


50 


2 


00 


for 




15 


00 


rr 
i 


00 


1 


15 



TOWN OFFICERS. 

Paid Horace F. Tuttle, clerk, $ 30 00 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, treasurer, 80 00 

E. Faulkner Conant, selectman, 95 00 

Daniel J. Wetherbee, " 50 00 

Isaiah Hutchins, « 50 00 

* Phineas Wetherbee, assessor, 53 00 

dames B. Tuttle, " 30 0:) 

Anson C. Piper, " 30 00 

Lyman Tuttle, overseer of poor, 50 00 



$169 08 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



21 



Paid Edwin C. Parker, overseer o poor, 
Moses A. Reed, " " 

Edward Dixon, supt. of schools, 
Charles J. Williams, school committee, 
Horace F. Tuttle, 
Isaiah Hutch ins, 
F. A. Houston, 

1894, 
W. H. Hartwell, 
Wm. F. Stevens, in 1894, collector, 

" " in 1893, " 

Horace F. Tuttle, registrar of voters, 
Julian Tuttle, " 

James McGreen, " 

F. H. Whitcomb, " 
H. J. Hapgood, auditor, 

A. H. Pose, inspector of cattle, 
M. A. Reed, " 

W, F. Stevens, sealer weights and meas- 
ures, 
H. F. Tuttle, election officer, 
Lyman Taylor, u 

0. J. Williams, 

E. A. Phalen, " 

C. H. Mead, " 

H. A. Littlefield, « 
C. B. Stone, 
Win. F. Kelley, 
T. F. Newton, " 

H. J. Hapgood, '.< 

Abram Tuttle, '-' 

James McGreen, " 
Fred S. Whitcomb, " 

G. E. Holton, " 
Wm. Kelley, special police, 

1. S. Ford, " 
R. L. Tuttle, " 
M. A. Reed, " 
S. H. Taylor, 



$15 


00 


20 


00 


465 


00 


73 30 


15 


00 


15 


00 


12 


50 


11 


25 


6 00 


100 


00 


100 


00 


15 


00 


12 00 


12 


00 


12 


00 


6 


00 


50 


00 


46 


50 


5 


00 


3 


00 


3 


00 


3 00 


3 


00 


3 00 


3 


00 


3 


00 


3 


00 


3 


00 


3 


00 


3 


00 


3 


00 


1 


00 


1 


00 


2 


50 


2 


50 


2 


50 


1 


50 


1 


50 



22 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Paid E. P. Smith, special police, 


$2 00 


Wm. Kingsley, " 


2 00 


R. L. Reed, constable, 


10 25 


E. A. Phalen, " 


2 50 


James Kingsley, " 


5 50 


E. A. Phalen, truant officer, 


1 00 


* Deceased. 





$1,531 30 



SOLDIERS' RELIEF. 



Paid City of Marlboro, aid for W. F. B. 

Whitney, $12 00 

Dr. Isaiah Hutchins, medical attendance 

on Geo. Handley, 5 50 

Dr. Isaiah Hutchins, medical attendance 

on A. B. Wheeler, 10 75 

Dr. Isaiah Hutchins, medical attendance 

on Rebecca C. Wright, 4 00 







ROADS AND BRIDGES. 


Paid H. A. Gould, 


$894 70 


Nahum Littlefleld, 


733 19 


Wm. Kingsley, 


661 86 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, pipe, 


59 00 


W. B. Holt, pipe. 


49 04 


E. Jones & Co., lumber, 


7 30 


J. A. McPherson, blacksmith, 


4 40 


S. A. Guilford, 


7 10 


N. A. Davidson, 70 loads gravel, 


3 50 


F. H. Whitcomb, 148 " 


7 40 


A. Bulette, 45 " 


2 25 


Jerry McCarthy, 266 " 


13 30 


John Fletcher, 64 " 


3 20 


H. F. Clark, plank, 


1 50 


J. F. Coughlin, covering stones, 


1 50 


Isaiah Hutchins, " 


1 00 



!2 25 



$2,450 24 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



23 



REPAIRS ON PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS. 

Paid E. Jones & Co., repairs on farm, $38 33 

" repairs on hall and 

stand, 
E. Jones & Co., repairs on West school 

house, 
E. Jones & Co., repairs on East school 

house, 
E. Jones & Co., repairs on South school 

house, 
E. Jones & Co., 1 window, 
0. D. Wood, repairs on farm, 
" " hall, 

" " Centre school 

house, 
E. E. Harris, repairs on West school 

house, 
Samuel Jones, jr., repairs on South 

school house, 
George G. Keith, repairs on Library, 

" " East school 

house, 
George G. Keith, repairs on Centre 

school house, 
George G. Keith, repairs on South school 

house, 
George G. Keith, repairs on West school 

house, 
D. H. Farrar, repairs on East school 

house, 
M. H. Warden, repairs on East school 

house, 
W. B. Harriman, repairs on North school 

house, 
Warren Houghton, repairs on West 

school house, 
Ziegler Electric Co., repairs on school 

bell, 
W. F. Hale, repairs on South school 
house, 



15 


55 


5 52 


1 


65 


13 


95 


1 


35 


11 


00 


11 


47 


1 


25 


54 


60 


46 32 


32 


31 


8 


58 


7 


15 




40 




20 




61 


8 


50 


3 00 


56 95 


13 


87 




60 



24 ANNUAL REPORTS 

PaidJJohn].Tapley, on South school grounds. $7 97 
C.L.Bradford, " " 7 50 

M. Hannon, " " 2 50 

A. C. Piper, " " 11 93 

C. G. Davis, painting North and East 

school houses, 127 20 

Moses A. Keed, repairs, West school 

house, 1 75 

Moses A. Eeed, repairs, South school 

house, 1 75 

James Kingsley, repairs, West school 

house, 3 50 

W. B. Holt, repairs, West school house, 21 17 
Spofford Bobbins, repairs, Centre school 

house, 11 00 

H. F.Tuttle, repairs, Centre school house, 5 45 
Francis Jones, repairs, Centre school 

house, 3 00 

Francis Jones, repairs, North and East 

school houses, 2 50 

Francis Jones, repairs, West school 

house, 75 

Francis Jones, repairs, South school 

house, 
Bobert Wayne, repairs, farm, 
C. W. Pitman, repairs, farm, 
J. W. Henderson, repairs, Centre school 

house, 
J. W. Henderson, repairs, South school 

house, 
W. W. Hendley, repairs, Centre school 

house, 
Nathan Johnson, repairs, Centre school 

house, 
Wm. Coons, repairs, East school house, 
C. L. Davis, " " 

M. E. Taylor & Co., repairs, Centre 

school house, 
C. H. Mead & Co., repairs, West school 

house, 



13 82 


6 50 


15 09 


25 


1 75 


13 65 


76 


1 40 


2 35 


1 05 


4 06 



TOWN OF ACTON. 25 

Paid H. T. Clark, repairs, West school house, $ 95 
X. A. Davidson, on South school grounds, 60 

M. A. Eeed, on well, South school 

grounds, 2 00 

E. Jones & Co., water committee, 1 48 



MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES. 

Paid H. L. Hay ward, painting letters on 

monument and marker, $ 5 67 

Jean M. Missud, band for April 19, 115 00 

A. J. Park, decorations " 53 00 

Geo. H. Worster, transportation Apr. 19, 2 75 
Horace Tuttle, " " 20 00 

John Fletcher, badges and invitations, 

April 19, 13 40 

Albert H. Perkins, transportation April 

19, 6 00 

Norman Davidson, transportation April 

19, 
Charles Edwards, transportation April 19, 
John McCarthy, " 

F. H. Whitcomb, 
K. M. Yale & Co., tent April 19, 
A. L. Noyes, caterer, April 19, 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, powder 

April 19, 
C. H. Persons, rent of piano, 
George Greenough, labor, 
Clarence McCormick, labor, 
Union Desk Co., for 2 desks, High school, 
Joseph Symonds, scraper plate, 
Horace Partridge Co., flags for graves, 
James Kingsley, use of road, 
W. F. Hale, repairing fire engine, 
Win. Kingsley, resetting marker, 



6 00 


6 00 


1 


65 


10 


00 


51 


40 


169 65 


6 


50 


5 


50 


6 


00 


11 


50 


1 


75 


46 


62 


8 


50 


14 


24 


8 00 


1 


88 


7 


00 



$606 84 



$12 40 


75 


90 00 


6 50 


146 32 


16 00 



2b ANNUAL REPORTS 

Taid Edw. Dixon, postage and express, 

" for binding com. reports, 

M. D. Jones, markers for graves, 
Tnttles, Jones & Wetberbee, table for 

High school, 
J. L. Greenleaf, liquor cases, 
Horace F. Tuttle, plan and surveying, 
D. James Wetherbee, insurance on Li- 
brary, 37 50 
Chandler Chair and Desk Co., desks for 

schools, 
J. T. & R. E. Joslin, 
K H. Tenney, 

O. L. Newcomb, work on fire engine, 
D. H. Farrar, pole, skides and irons for 

truck, 
W. F. Hale, repairing road scraper, 
Isaac Davis Post, for Decoration Day, 
J. Otis McFadden, shades for West 

school house, 
O. D. Wood, labor, 

Louis J. Wyman, repairing library clock, 
N. M. Allen, repairing clock at Centre 

school, 1 00 

Bobrick School Furniture Co., book 

cases, 18 00 

Wm. Kingsley, C. L. Davis road, 108 75 

Phineas Wetherbee, copying poll tax 

list, 5 00 

Phineas Wetherbee, copying valuation 

list, 
Phineas Wetherbee, Collector's book, 
Phineas Wetherbee, stationery, postage 

and express, 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 6 keys, 
W. F. Stevens, killing dog, 

" • notifying officers, 

" collecting dog tax, 

" discount on taxes, 

" abatement of taxes, 



149 10 


34 75 


1 25 


2 85 


24 50 


1 70 


50 00 


19 40 


3 25 


5 00 



12 


50 




85 


1 


50 


1 


00 


1 


25 


1 


75 


10 


00 


989 29 


99 


70 



125 


00 


2 


00 


3 


00 


3 00 


2 


00 


48 


00 


2 00 


16 


50 



TOWN OF ACTON. 

Paid Geo. G-. Keith, 3 heaters for West and 

South schools, 
Luke Tuttle, use of team at fire, 
Geo. E. Greenough, use of team at fire, 
Li verm ore, use of team at fire, 
W. H. Jones, use of team at fire, 

■' fire warden for men at fire, 

E. B. Forbush, teaming ladders, 
J. L. Hammett, desk and clock, 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, oil heater, 

Selectmen's room, 8 50 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 2 lamps, 

lower hall, C 50 

I). C. Harris, guide board and lettering, 4 00 

D. Adelbert Cutler, boxes for books, 7 07 

S. A. Guilford, blacksmith bill, 3 91 

W. H. Kingsley, moving fence, 10 38 

J. F. Fuller & Co., El-a-tol powder, 1 40 

P. L. Peed, enforcing liquor law, 25 00 

Dr. J. E. Marsh, reporting births, 
Dr. F. E. Tasker, " 

Dr. F. U. Rich, 
Dr. F. J. Barker, " 

H. T. Clark, fixing up voting stalls, 

use of G. A. Pv. Hall, 
O. H. Forbush, land damage, 
M. H. Warden, " 
S. B. Harris, breaking out roads, 
Luke Tuttle, " 

N. Littlefield, " 

" work on Davis road, 

State Treasurer, error on corporation tax, 
S. P. Burroughs, labor, 
H. F. Tuttle, collecting and recording 39 

births, 
H. F. Tuttle, recording 36 marriages, 

" recording 39 births, 

" postage, 

" express, 

" writing for Poad Commiss. 



1 


75 


2 


25 


1 


25 


2 


00 


1 


25 


4 


50 


.8 


17 


7 


40 


1 


80 




70 


4 30 


2 


75 




13 


2 


00 


6 


50 


5 40 


5 90 

1 11 

2 20 
1 00 



28 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Paid H. F. Tuttle, writing deed, $2 00 

" dog license blanks, 62 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, for fire de- 
partment, 2 rubber coats, 4 50 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, for fire de- 
partment, 6 doz. pails, 19 50 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, for fire de- 
partment, 3 blankets, 9 00 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, for fire de- 
partment, 2 hats, 1 34 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, for fire de- 
partment, 1 globe, 15 

M. E. Taylor & Co., for fire department, 
incidentals, 

DeWolf, Fiske & Co., books for prizes, 

J. A. McPherson, work on fire engine, 

M. E. Taylor & Co., incidentals for hall, 

C. Edwards, teaming wood for hall, 

I. F. Duren, Supt. of burials, 
" return of deaths, 

F. C. Nash, liquor cases, 

C. W. Pitman, care of clock and flag, 
" repairing flag, 

" care of hall, 

Lyman Tuttle, expense to Boston, 
" " Hudson, 

" " Barre, 

E. F. Conant, express, postage, tele- 
phone and freight, 11 05 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, postage, stationery 

and check book, 4 65 

C. J. Williams, postage, 5 14 

" express, 3 35 

" telephone, 1 30 

" ■ freight, 2 58 

Fitchburg K, R. Co., freight, 2 47 

E. A. Phalen, constable, graduating ex- 
ercises, 1 00 

James Grimes, pump platform, 50 



2 66 


3 20 


3 50 


17 55 


2 00 


26 00 


8 00 


15 00 


20 00 


1 50 


62 95 


4 00 


2 00 


3 63 



TOWN OF ACTON. 29 

Paid D. H. Farrar, labor on fire engine, 

E. Jones & Co.. repairs on fire engine, 
C. L. Bradford, attending registrar meet- 
ings, 

C. L. Bradford, freight, 

James Kingsley, 2 posts, 

Samuel Harris, repairing clock in hall, 

N. Johnson, key ring, 

S. Robbins, fixing voting stalls, 

F. L. Fuller, engineer for Water Com- 

mittee, 
Daniel Russell, labor, 
Fred W. Green, labor, 
Geo. B. Wetherbee, labor, 
Geo. T. Knowlton, board of men, 
A. L. Noyes, " 

S. A. Guilford, blacksmith's bill, 
H. A. Littlefield, paid for labor and 

freight, 25 86 

H. A. Littlefield, entertaining board of 

health and postage on reports, 
W. H. Teele, land damage, 
N. H. Tenney, pipe and labor, 
E. Jones & Co., lumber, 
Hall Bros., lumber, 

" $5,034 41 



$2 50 




25 


1 


50 




6S 


1 


25 


1 


00 




10 




50 


400 00 


461 


07 


132 


50 


67 


37 


85 


50 


2 


75 


2 


00 



i 

5 


V8 

00 


12 


59 


1 


48 


1 


10 



RECEIPTS AND APPROPRIATION'S. 

Balance due from Treasurer, Mar. 12, 1895, $740 78 

" " Collector, " " 2,098 01 

Appropriation for Town charges, 6,000 00 

High school, 1,600 00 

Common schools, 2,800 00 

School supplies, 475 00 

Scientific apparatus, 100 00 

Transportation of scholars, 755 00 

Supt. of schools, 475 00 



30 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Appropriation for Street lamps, $350 00 

Memorial library, 550 00 

Highways, 2,300 00 

State tax, 900 00 

County tax, . 1,420 90 

Overlayings, 405 91 

Received from First National Bank of Ayer, 

borrowed money, 5,000 00 

District Court of Central 

Massachusetts, for fines, 174 90 
Nathan Johnson, for grass in 

Woodlawn cemetery,. . 5 00 

ActonWater Committee^lum- 

ber, 1 48 

American Powder Mills, 423 . 

feet plank, 12 26 

S.Jones, Jr., for water closet, 

south east district, 5 00 

C.J. Willi j ms, school sup- 
plies sold to pupils, 7 23 
C. J. Williams, on account of 

prize books, 1 20 

L. W. Stevens, lots sold in 

Mt. Hope cemetery, -24 00 

John Fletcher, lots sold in 

^Voodlawn cemetery, 6 00 

A. F. Blanchard, license to 

slaughter, 1 00 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 

license to slaughter, 1 00 

Moses A. Reed, license to 

slaughter, 1 00 

Town of Boxboro. for tuition, ' 75 33 
S. H. Fales, on account of 

supervision of schools. 375 00 

Acton Memorial Library, for 

fines. 30 64 

C. W. Pitman, rent of town 

hall and cellar, 54 13 



TOWN OF ACTON. 31 

Received from N. Littlefield, use of road 



scraper, 


$2 00 


1ST. Littlefield, road cleanings, 


3 00 


State Treasurer, corporation 




tax, 


673 89 


State Troasurer, National 




Bank tax' 


265 28 


State Treasurer, military aid, 




chap. 279, acts 1889, 


151 25 


State Treasurer, state aid, 




chap. 301, acts 1889, 


578 00 


State Treasurer, soldiers' aid, 




chap. 62, acts 1894, 


17 50 


State Treasurer,incomeMass. 




school fund, 


235 35 


Statt Treasurer, support of 




state pauper, 


2 00 


County Treasurer, on acct. 




dog tax, 


211 47 


Lyman Tuttle, for milk sold 




at town farm, 


802 97 


Lyman Tuttle, apples sold 




at town farm, 


269 00 


Lyman Tuttle, 4 cows sold 




at town farm, 


89 75 


Lyman Tuttle, calves sold at 




town farm, 


7 50 


Lyman Tuttle, eggs sold at 




town farm, 


31 91 


Lyman Tuttle, poultry sold 




at town farm, 


12 41 


Lyman Tuttle, potatoes sold 




at town farm, 


23 00 


Lyman Tuttle, pumpkins 




sold at town farm, 


50 


Lyman Tuttle, wood sold at 




town farm, 


64 69 


Lyman Tuttle, use of bull at 




town farm, 


50 



32 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Keceived from Lyman Tuttle, barrels sold 

at town farm, $2 40 

- Lyman Tuttle, board of CM. 

McCormick. 12 00 

Interest on money, 65 46 







$30,267 60' 


EXPENDITURES 




Eor support of Centre school, 




$ 650 88 


North school, 




467 90 


East school, 




406 72 


South school, 




892 55 


West school, 




871 26 


High school, 




1,631 43 


School supplies, 




503 73 


Scientific apparatus, 




108 75 


Transportation of scholars. 


i 


634 50 


Street Lamps, 




352 35 


State and military aid, 




790 00 


Cemetery expenses, 




2.14 61 


Memorial library, 




493 57 


Support of poor on farm, 




1,813 76 


outside poor, 




540 51 


rToans and interest, 




5,836 12 


Printing, 




169 08 


Town officers, 




1,531 30 


Soldiers' relief, 




32 25 


Roads and bridges, 




2,450 24 


Repairs on town buildings 


and grounds. 606 84 


Miscellaneous expenses, 




5,034 41 


State tax, 




900 00 


County tax, 




1,420 90 

$28,353 66 


Balance due from Treasurer, 




631 65 


" " '< Collector in 


1895, 


1,282 29 



$30,267 60 



20 


56 


350 


00 


14 58 


400 00 



TOWN OF ACTON, 33 

TOWN DEBT, MARCH 12, 1896. 

Estate of Wm. Davis, note, $1,028 00 

Interest on same from Oct. 18, 1895, to 

March 12, 1896, 
Estate Wm. Davis, note, 
Interest on same from May 12, 1895, to 

March 12, 1896, 
Estate Wm. Davis, note, 
Interest on same from Sept. 20, 1895, to 

March 12, 1896, 9 55 

John A. Bowen, note, 1,000 00 

Interest on same' from Dec. 6, 1895, to Mar. 

12, 1896, 13 33 

Frank H. Jones, note, 600 00 

Interest on same from April 27, 1895, to 

March 12, 1896, 26 25 

Erank H. Jones, note, 700 00 

Interest on same from June 15, 1865, to 

March 12, 1896, 25 96 



$4,188 23 
Less amount due from treasurer and col- 
lector, 1,913 94 



Balance against the town, March 12, 1896, ' $2,274 29 

E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
DANIEL J. WETHERBEE, 
ISAIAH HUTCH1NS, 

Selectmen of Aoton. 



I have examined the accounts of the Selectmen for the past 
year, and find them correct. 

HIRAM J. HAPGOOD, 

Auditor of the Town of Acton. 
March 16th, 1896. 



34 



ANNUAL RKPOKTH 



Statistical Table, 



VALUATION. 



FINANCIAL STATISTICS. 











Rate 


Town Debt 






ance 
r avor 
'own. 






Real 




of 


as repres- 


State 


County 




Personal. 


Estate. 


Total. 


Taxa- 
tion. 


ented by 
notes. 


Tax. 


Tax. 


rf r-f 


1SG5 


$175,290.00 


$694,345.00 


$ 869,635.00 


$15.41 


$12,077.80 


$4,324.00 


$ 667.13 


> 


1866 


176,144.00 


705,110.00 


881,254.00 


9.58 


6,125.70 


2,760.00 


731.51 




1867 


2 8,227.00 


727.010.00 


965,237.00 


8.91 


11.145.44 


4,600.00 


819.29 




1868 


226,473.00 


738,030.00 


964,503.00 


12.00 


10,838.04 


1,840.00 


848.55 




1869 


2 13,222.00 


745,335.00 


978,557.00 


11.30 


12.0C4.00 


2,300.00 


936.33 




1870 








[2-3 


1 2.0(57.72 


2,300.00 


933.36 




1871 


193,567 00 


774,750.00 


968,317.00 


14.66 


11,652.87 


2,300.00 


933.36 




1ST-' 


276,106.00 


892,417.00 


1,168.523.00 


12.60 


13.471. 4!) 


1.580.00 


9KU19 




is?.; 


278,040.00 


919,867.00 


1,197,097.00 


12.60 


22.7(57.87 


1,777.50 


1,012.64 




1874 


290,864.00 


963,420.00 1,254,284.00 


12.20 


25.104.58 




1.081.19 




1875 


,771.00 


974,385.00 1,235,156.00 


12.50 


23,359.23 


1.580.00 


1,013.62 




1876 


244,095.00 


995,700.00 1,239,795.00 


11.00 


20, ( 


1,296.00 


452.27 




1877 


219,877.00 


1,008,238.00 1,228,115.00 


10.50 


20,087.20 


1,080.00 


633.17 




1878 


211,802.00 


942,074.00 1,153,876.00 


11.00 


17.897.0li 


720 00 


520.10 




1879 


211,486.00 


252, 704 .o:> 1,164,190.00 


9.50 


14,344.38 


.".CO.OO 


520.10 




LSS i 


230,296.00 


964,889.00 1,195,185.00 


10.00 


11.227.52 


1.080.00 


542.70 




1881 


230,001.00 


976,833.00 1,206,834.00 


10.20 


6.317.07 


L080.00 


542.70 




1882 


218,054.00 


978,129.00 1,196,183,00 


13.80 


2.050.78 


1.44O.00 


542.70 




1883 


223,411.00 


985,357.00 1,208,768,00 


8.00 


None. 


1,110.00 


678. 8 


2,430.64 


1884 


244,579.00 


1,019,637.00 1,264,216,00 


7.50 


None. 


1,480.00 




1.520.13 


1885 


251,531.00 1,021,502.00 1,273,033:00 


7.-.0 


None. 


1.110.00 


SCO. 22 


1,288.06 


1886 


244,382.00 1.D41.7D7.0I 1,286,089.00 


S.40 


1 .024.(15 


1.110.00 


667.85 




iss? 


259,952 00 1,052,640.00 1,312.592.00 


10.20 


None. 


1,665.00 


778.5(5 


52.20 


1888 


244,877.00 1,066,160.00 1,310.947.00 


9.60 


None. 


1.665.00 


934.27 


. 


1889 


232,670.00 1.079,105.00 1.311,775.00 


0.20 


None. 


1,: 340. 00 


1,038.89 


2,597.60 


1890 


228,315,00 1,221,100.00 1.449,315.00 


8.50 


None. 


1,172.50 


1,078.85 


1.399.34 


1891 


218,905.00 1,232,705.00 1,451,610.00 


10.20 


467-30 


1,005.00 


1. I78.&5 




1892 


207,225.00 1,234,150.00 1,440,375.00 


11.00 


3,103.38 


1,137.50 


1.270.05 




1893 


222,760.00 1.246,150.00 1,468,910.00 


12.50 


2,352.91 


1,625.00 


1,326.91 




1894 


214,97500 1,268,450.00 1,483,425.00 


12.50 


3,798.82 


1,300.00 


1.421.70 




1895 


242,340.00 1,285,825.00 1,528,165.00 


11.00 


1,868.94 


90000 


1.490.20 





TOWN OF ACTON. 



List of Jurors. 



The following is a list 
ensuing year, as revised by 
mitted to said town at thei 



of persons to serve as jurors for the 
the Selectmen of Acton, to be sub- 
r April meeting. 



Gustavus V. Bowen, 


Manufacturer. 


Elisha II. Cutler, 


Farmer. 


I. Warren Flagg, 


Merchant. 


Hiram E. Gates, 


Farmer. 


G. E. Holton, 


Mechanic. 


Eugene Hall, 


a 


Geo. A. Hay ward, 


Clerk. 


Edgar H. Hall, 


Manufacturer. 


Lowell A. Jones, 


Farmer. 


Samuel Jones, Jr., 


Carpenter. 


Warren H. Jones, 


Farmer. 


John 0. Keyes, 


a 


Hanson A. Littlefield, 


Merchant. 


Nahum Littlefield, 


Farmer. 


Jerry McCarthy, 


a 


E. P. Morse, 


u 


C. H. Mead, 


Merchant. 


John 1). Monlton, 


Farmer. 


Willis L. Mead, 


Painter. 


Thomas F. Noyes, 


Farmer. 


Charles XV. Pitman, 


a 


.Moses A. .Reed, 


u 


Wm. F. Stevens, 


a 


Henry M. Smith, 


a 


Horace F. Tuttle, 


a 


James B. Tuttle, 


a 


Fred S. \\ nitcomb, 


a 



E. FAULKNER CON ANT, 
DANIEL J. WETHEEB.ee, 
ISAIAH HUTCHINS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



36 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Report of Overseers of Poor. 



Articles on Hand March 1, 


1896. 


11 cows, 


$500 25 


2 horses, 


150 00 


Double harnesses, 


25 00 


Express harness, 


30 00 


Light harness, 


7 00 


2 horse collars, 


4 00 


Horse cart, 


18 00 


Express wagon, 


75 00 


Mowing machine, 


30 00 


Old mowing machine, 


2 00 


Hay wagon, 


30 00 


Hay rake, 


15 00 


2 wheelbarrows, 


6 00 


2 harrows, 


8 00 


9 tons of hay, 


162 00 


Grain, 


3 75 


3 apple headers, 


2 00 


Canvass covers, 


2 50 


Grind stone, 


2 00 


Farming tools, 


22 00 


Wrench, 


75 


3 blankets, 


4 00 


2 axes. 


2 00 


3 wood saws, 


2 00 


18 hens, 


9 00 


5 ploughs, 


25 00 


3 cultivators, 


5 00 


Hay cutter, 


2 00 


75 apple barrels, 


11 25 


7 ladders, 


10 00 


Set of measures, 


1 40 


Salt, 


25 





TOWN OF ACTON. 






37 


2 sleds, 






$15 


00 




12 cords of wood. 






60 


00 




Lumber, 






5 


00 




Stone drag, 






4 


00 




Puug, 






8 


00 




Light wagon, 






20 


00 




25 apple boxes, 






2 


50 




Spray pump, 






10 


00 




20 bushels of potatoes, 






9 


00 




Apples, 






3 


00 




Steel trap, 








75 




32 gallons soft soap, 






7 


00 




Dried apple, 






3 


00 




Cooking range, 






30 00 




Tea, coffee, 








75 




Crackers, 






1 


75 




Fruit jars, 






2 


50 




Coal, 






5 


00 




Brooms, 








50 




Spices, 
Sugar, 
Flour, 






1 


75 
75 
00 




Pails and tubs, 






2 


00 




Oil tanks, 






1 


25 




Articles on hand March 12, 


1895, 


$1,360 65 
1,228 45 














$ 132 20 


Receipts from farm, 
Victualing and lodging 
Wood for town hall, 


493 


tramps, 






1,316 63 

123 75 
7 00 



Expenditures, 

Interest on farm, $3,500 at 5 per cent., 

Less receipts and dif. in articles on hand, 
Cost of supporting poor on farm, 

LYMAN 
EDWIN 
MOSES 



$1,813 76 
175 00 



,579 



$1,988 76 
1,579 58 

$409 18 

TUTTLE, 
C. PARKER, 
A. PEED, 

Overseers of Poor. 



38 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Town Clerk's Report for 1895. 



No. 


Date of Birth, 


1. 


Jan. 1. 


»> 


Feb. 25. 


3. 


Mar. 8. 


4. 


Mar. 9. 


5. 


Mar. 19. 


6. 


Mar. 20. 


7. 


Mar. 26. 


8. 


April 17. 


9. 


May 18. 


10. 


May 27. 


11. 


June 1. 



BIRTHS REGISTERED IN ACTON IN 1895. 

Name of Child. Names of Parents. 

Emily Louise Stroevonevecz. Frank andAgnes. 

Effie Mabel Thompson. Charles G. and Mabel G. 

Grace Alice Welch. Walter and Laura M. 

Electa Pansy Penniman. George 0. and Edith. 

Margin Elizabeth Kimball. Charles M. and 

Carrie E. 

Hazel May Manly. Ira J. and Jennie M. 

Dorothy Bruce Mead. Charles H. and Jennie E. 

Delmar Gilmore Durkee. Charles A. and Car- 
rie M. 

James Madison Fairbanks. Charles H. and 

Nellie L. 

Louis Francis Leveroanie. Louis and Ellen C. 

Ralph Franklin Hartley. Theodore W. and 

Annetta M. 
12. June 2. Ralph Frederick Jenkins. Andrew C. and 

Rachel A. 

Irma Esther Brown. Martin L. and Laura E. 

Margaret Eleanor Coughlin. John F. and Mary T. 

Harry Irving Merriam. William T. and Lizzie B. 

Etta Luella Brooks. George and Ida L. 

Patrick Francis McCarthy. John and Mary A. 

Ruth Esther Willard. Leonard G. and Eme- 

line M. 

Gertrude Mary Hill. James and Mary J. 

Helena May Boyce. Charles E. and Annie J. 

Everett Rhee Spinney. Everett L. and Lilla M. 

Dexter Merriam Keezer. Frank M. and 

Martha M. 

Edith Florence Bowen. Lewis B. and Effie F. 



1,3. 


June 


14. 


14. 


June 


27. 


15. 


June 


30. 


16. 


July 


30. 


17. 


July 


31. 


18. 


Aug. 


6. 


19. 


Aug. 


S. 


20. 


Aug. 


9. 


21. 


Aug. 


12. 


22. 


Aug. 


24. 


23. 


Aug. 


31. 



TOWN OF ACTON, 



39 



No. 


Date of Birth. 


24. 


Sept. 


2. 


25. 


Oct. 


4. 


26. 


Oct. 


6. 


27. 


Oct. 


10. 


28. 


Oct. 


31. 


29. 


Nov. 


7. 


30. 


Nov. 


20. 


31. 


Dec. 


13. 


32. 


Dec. 


21. 


33. 


Dec. 


26. 



Name of Child. 

Mary Agnes Gough. 
David Joseph Foley. 
Albert Willard Evans. 



Names of Parents. 

John E. and Margaret A. 

Patrick and Johanna. 

Joseph W. -and Mary A. 



No. Date. 

1. Jan. 6. 

2. Jan. 8. 

3. Jan. 9. 

4. Jan. 9. 

5. Jan. 12. 

6. Jan. 15. 

7. Jan. 29. 

8. Jan. 31. 

9. Feb. 4. 

10. Feb. 10. 

11. Feb. 19. 

12. Feb. 24. 



Howard James Billings. 
Earl Henry Glazier. 
Ruby May Greer. 
John Patrick Oahill. 
William Joseph Moore. 
Michael Thomas Foley. 
Wilford Priest Hooper. 



MARRIAGES. 



Names. 

George Higgins, 
Helena F. Jones, 
Fred M. Barrows, 
Mabel E. Parsons, 
Clifton Davis, 
Sarah H. Whittemore, 
Patrick Foley, 
Johanna Conway, 
Alden B. Johnson, 
M. Ida Ramsdell, 
John Greer, 
Jessie Vaughn, 
Charlie A. Durkee, 
Carrie M. Gilmore, 
Leonard G. Willard, 
Emeline M. Merriam, 
John Cahill, 
Mary Tolm.au , 
Frederick A. Whitney, 
Adelia S. Beach, 
Edward Goggin, 
Ellen Mahoney, 
Gustavus V. Bo wen, 
Julia A. Kneeland, 



Fred W. and Mary A. 

Thomas and Emma. 

John and Jessie. 

John and Mary. 

William J. and Mary A. 

Michael and Johanna. 

George B. and Ida E. 



Residences. 

Boston 

So. Acton 

South Paris, Me. 

N. Acton 

Boston 

Boston 

S. Acton 

S. Acton 

E. Acton 

Natick 

S. Acton 

W. Acton 

W. Acton 

W. Acton 

S. Acton 

S. Acton 

S. Acton 

S. Acton 

Harvard 

Harvard 

S. Acton 

S. Acton 

S. Acton 

Jamaica Plain 



40 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



No. Date. 

13. Mar. 24. 



14. Apr. 18, 

15. Apr. 29. 

16. May 16. 

17. May 30. 

18. June 1. 

19. June 11. 
20.. June 12. 

21. June 12. 

22. June 15. 

23. June 19. 

24. Aug. 1. 

25. Sept. 3. 

26. Sept. 11. 

27. Oct. 9. 

28. Oct. 10. 

29. Oct. 16. 

30. Oct. 16. 

31. Oct. 21. 



Names. 

Harry W. Sawyer, 
Alice Mead, 
Nelson J. Cole, 
Grace M. Jones, 
Earl C. Anson, 
Meltha B as sett, 
Alfred E. Chambers, 
Carrie S. Willard, 
John W. Leahy, 
Mamie E. Conant, 
Harry A. Fletcher, 
Alice J. Hoar, 
Ernest Hosmer, 
Martha C. Pratt, 
George B. Arnold, 
Fontienella E. Turner, 
Charlie S. Eobbins, 
Medora C. Barker, 
Alfred J. Williams, 
Ida A. Ingram, 
Charles A. Hunter, 
Grace M. Dow, 
Charles W. Rice, 
Isabel S. Jones, 
James A. Morse, 
Georgiana Beach, 
James W. Maguire, 
Agnes Corbett, 
Fred W. Wood, 
Florence H. Flagg, 
William B. Holt, 
Addie L. Guilford, 
Alfred M. Hanks, 
Anna Fales, 
Harry J. Kodway, 
Lucy E. Perkins, 
Charles H. Norris, 
Emma F. Clemence, 



Residence. 

S. Acton 

Maynard 

S. Acton 

S. Acton 

Wadhani's Mills, N. Y. 

S. Acton 

S. Acton 

S. Acton 

W r . Acton 

W. Acton 

Hartford, Conn. 

W. Acton 

Aye 

S. Acton 

Acton 

Concord 

Littleton 

Acton 

Boston 

S. Acton 

S. Acton 

W. Acton 

Boston 

Boston 

W. Acton 

W. Acton 

Maiden 

Maiden 

Concord 

Acton 

W. Acton 

W. Acton 

S. Acton 

Athol 

W. Acton 

Boxboro 

Salem 

S. Acton 



TOWN OF ACTON 



41 



No. Date. 

32. Nov. 17. 

33. Nov. 27. 

34. Dec. 10. 

35. Dec. 11. 

36. Dec. 31. 



Names. 

Charles Kennedy, 
Katie Neyland, 
Henry Booker, 
Estelle M. Cavanaugli, 
Walter C. Gardner, 
Nettie E. Lord, 
Alfred M. Chapman, 
Emma C. Anderson, 
Henry H. Russell, 
Mabel V. Mead, 



Residence. 

W. Acton 

W. Acton 

Acton 

Orrington, Me. 

W. Acton 
Maynard 
S. Acton 
Roxbury 
Maynard 

W. Acton 



No. 



Date. 



1. Jan. 



2. 


Jan. 20. 


3. 


Jan. 28. 


4. 


Jan. 29. 


5. 


Feb. 13. 


6. 


Feb. 27. 


7. 


Mar. 6. 


8. 


Mar. 17. 


9. 


Mar. 17. 


10. 


Mar. 22. 


11. 


Mar. 29. 


12. 


Apr. 18. 


13. 


Apr. 22. 


14. 


Apr. 24. 


15. 


Apr. 25. 


16. 


Apr. 26. 


17. 


May 3. 


18. 


May 4. 


19. 


June 27. 


20. 


June 28. 


21. 


July 10. 


22. 


July 21. 


23. 


Aug. 4. 


24. 


Aug. 7. 



DEATHS. 

Name 

Guy McLaughlin, 
Mary Ann J. Hayes, 
Nellie F. Whitcomb, 
George Gardner, 
Augusta C. Jones, 
Joseph Redfearn, 
Leon F. Gilmore, 
Esther Johnson, 
Ann Augusta Crooker, 
Hannah Murphy, 
Anna Moan, 
Phebe Putney, 
James W. Moan, 
Mary E. Moan, 
Sarah P. Forbush, 
Ploomy P. Wood, 
Nelson Morton, 
Johanna Kane, 
Alfred Lee Randies, 
Moses B. Garfield, 
Adelaide Wilkins, 
Amos P. Wood, 
Henry Cahill, 
Mary W. Chaffin, 



Age. 
rrs. Mos. 


Ds. 





3 


7 


34 


7 





35 


3 


6 


60 


2 


13 


61 


9 





82 











9 


8 





3 





62 


4 


21 


85 








8 


8 


24 


87 


1 


18 


7 


3 


21 


11 


4 


11 


70 


1 


19 


77 


2 


7 


59 


10 


20 


47 


— 


— 


26 


— 


— 


76 


6 


11 




9 


12 


76 


7 


— 


20 






88 


5 


19 



42 ANNUAL REPORTS 

AGE YS. MS. DS. 

25. Aug. 21. Arthur William Taylor, 

26. Aug. 22. Ann McCarty, 

27. Aug. 23. Henry Haynes, 

28. Aug. 31. Lydia A. Stevens, 

29. Sept. 4. Maud Howard Knowlton, 

30. Sept. 19. . Patrick Francis McCarthy, 

31. Sept. 26. George E. Priest. 

32. Oct. 5. Pebecca M. Morrison, 

33. Oct. 25. John Jones, 

34. Dec. 1. Phineas Wetherbee, 

35. Dec. 1. Abigail Lord, 

36. Dec, 7. John Grimes, 

37. Dec. 16. Mary Elizabeth Taylor, 

38. Dec. 16. Child of Fred J. and Mary E. 

Whitcomb, — — — 

39. Dec. 31. Susannah Graham, 78 8 13 



32 


9 


8 


60 


— 


— 


83 


4 


j9 


78 


— 


— 


1 


2 


26 





1 


19 


33 


6 


17 


49 


8 


29 


52 . 


11 


22 


71 


8 


7 


90 





16 


81 


9 





70 


1 


11 



PERSONS BROUGHT TO ACTON FOP BURIAL. 

No. Date of Death. Name and Residence. Age. 

Yrs. Mos. Ds. 

1. Feb. 18. Susan Bobbins of Natiek, 89 

2. Mar. 5. Isaac Barker of Maiden, 89 7 3 

3. Mar. 5. Ernest L. Flail of Charlestown, 15 9 

4. Mar. 8. Lucy G. Parker of Boston, 87 3 27 

5. Mar. 25. Silas Davis of Boston, 52 9 

6. Apr. 14. Endora J. Willis of Shirley, 44 7 11 

7. Apr. 15. Grace A. Forbush of Lowell, 17 3 16 

8. May 5. Persis Hapgood of Hudson; Mich., 83 

9. May 6. Emma F. Burns of Chelmsford, 25 9 18 

10. May 15. Nancy T. Moore of Chelsea, 75 — — 

11. May 31. Elizabeth H. Dole of Marlboro, 85 2 13 
j 2. June 25. Maria Yapp of Boston, 85 6 — 

13. July 4. Pay F. Fessenden of Everett, 5 — 

14. July 3. George M. Pike of Hudson, 61 4 11 

15. July 13. Hugh Cash of Littleton, S6 

16. Julv 17, 1889. Myra F. Hall of Charlestown, 1 10 - 

17. July 20. C ara E. Cutler of Wakefield, 52 10 23 

18. Sept. 16. Newbert W. Hall of Charlestown, 6 2 26 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



43 



19. 


Oct. 


15. 


20. 


Oct- 


17. 


21. 


Oct. 


24. 


22. 


Oct. 


23. 


23. 


Oct. 


2(5. 


24. 


Oct. 


26. 


25. 


Nov. 


21. 


26. 


Dec. 


2 m 



AGE- 

Charles H. Moore of Chelsea, 
Robert P. Burroughs of Alstead,N.H., 43 
Mary A. Rand of West Boylston, 
Hannah P. Weston of Fitch burg, 
Annie L. Blanchard of Lawrence, 
Kate I. Kinsley of Lowell, 
Ellen J. Farrer of Lynn, 
Irma Christine Richardson of F rain- 
in gham, 



-YS. 


MS. 


DS. 


79 








43 


11 


12 


6S 


3 


3 


71 


7 


17 


23 


11 


3 


37 


7 


24 


44 





— 



PERSONS HAVING 

Ralph Crooker 

Calvin S. Symonds,, 1 female 

Charles W. Allen 

Charles Morris 

E. Eddie Fletcher 

James 1*. Brown 

Albert H. Perkins 

Francis A. Houston 

Fredson P. Brooks 

Frank L. Stiles, 1 female 

C. A. Hodges 

A. L. Tuttle 

A. J. Fletcher, 

Daniel H. Farrer 

Frank W. Bulette 

Charles H. Mead & Co. 

John H. Haniford 

Howard E. Faulkner 

Fred W. Green 

George Hay ward 

Henry L. Livermore 

John W. Randall 

Willis L. Mead 

Lucius S. Hosmer 

Mrs. Lottie C. Flagg 

Henry b-iapley 



DOGS LICENSED IX 1895. 
Luke Tuttle 
Charles S. Moulton 
A. L. Lawrence 
Solon A. Roboins 
Adolphus Desseault 
L. V. Clongh 

C. J. Williams 
John Temple 
Wm. F. Stevens 
Constance O'Neil 
Charles A. Taylor 

' . W. F. Kelly 
Lyman Tuttle 
F. R. Knowlton 
George T. Knowlton, 1 fern. 
Mrs. J. M. Kraetzer 
Hanson A. Littlefield 
Daniel Mahoney 
Charles F. Shirland, 
Moses Taylor 
Charles B. Stone 
Fred S. Whitcomb 
M. E. Taylor 
H. M. Smith 
Luther Conant 

D. C. Harris 



44 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



W. W. Philbrick 

Wm. Barnes, 1 female 

W. S. Fletcher 

Smith Finney 

Henry Hanson 

Charles A. Harrington 

Warren H. Jones 

Elnathan Jones 

Charles M. Kimball 

Ira Mauley 

A. Merriam 

Frank Pratt 

Wm. S. Jones 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee 

Hattie White 

George W. Worster 

George W. Clark 

George A. Conant 

George Conant 

Hiram E. Gates 

Sidney Gray 

F. E. Harris 

Wm. B. Manning, 2 

J. E. Durkee 

Forbnsh & Hartwell 

A. C. Jenkins 

Solomon L. Dutton 

Charles H. Wheeler 

105 males at $2.00, 
7 females at $5.00, 



O. A. Knowlton 
Freeman W. Bobbins 
James H. Standish 
John F. Conghlin 
Frank E. Stevens 

E. C. Smith 

N. T. Leganger, 1 female 

F. J. Taylor 
C. C. Leighton 

E. S. Fobes, 2 
Mrs. Varney 
A. L. Noyes 
George H. Brooks 
S. Hammond Taylor 
Otis B. Mofct 

Eos well L. Tuttle 
Walter A. Gilmore 

F. M. Keezer, 2 
S. B. Ineson 

Abel Farrar, 1 female 
Nah um Littletield 
Webster C. Eobbins, 2 
A. Eisso 
Wm. J. Moore 
John McCarthy 
Wm. J. Hayes, 1 female 
•May L. Calder 
Maurice Lane 

$210 00 
35 00 



Total, 112, $245 00 

Note. — To make the registration as complete as possible, 
the Town Clerk requests information of any omission or error in 
the lists of births, marriages and deaths. 

Note. — In accordance with Section 8, Chap. 32, of the Pub- 
lic Statutes, the Town Clerk hereby gives notice that he is pre- 
pared to furnish to all pli3 T sicians and midwives applying there- 
for, blanks for the return of births. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 
Acton, Jan. 1, 1896. Town Clerk. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



TRUSTEES 



ACTON 



MEMORIAL LIBRARY 



1805-96. 



TOWN OF ACTON, 



Acton Memorial Library, 



The Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library submit to the 
town their sixth annual report, showing the condition, gains, and, 
in some degree, the work of the institution for the past year. 

The library was opened to the public June 14, 1890, at which 
time the total number of books was 3,973 ; — present total num- 
ber, 5,590, a gain, during the nearly six years since opened, of a 
little more than 33 per cent. Of course, not all of the books thus 
added are adapted to general circulation ; some are for reference, 
some statistical, and others not of general interest. It has seemed 
to the Board of Trustees that the limited amount of money at 
their disposal for the purchase of fresh, new books, might prove 
insufficient to retain the general interest of the large number of 
readers who take the books from the library. A portion of the 
time the amount has been enlarged by gifts, from Mr. Wilde, of 
a sum of money equal to the sums voted by the town for this 
purpose. While we have endeavored to make the wisest and best 
possible use of the money entrusted to us for the purchase of 
books for the library, Ave have had to restrict our purchases with- 
in quite narrow limits, not being able to purchase many desirable 
books, however valuable, on account of their cost. 

And if anything was needed to insure the permanent-success 
of our library, Mr. Wilde makes the following very -generous pro- 
posal, which we now have the opportunity to submit to the town : 

Boston, March G, 1896. 
LUTHER CON ANT, fres. Board Trustees, Acta d Memorial Li- 
brary: 

Dear Sir : I have for a long time felt that more books were 
wanted in your library, books covering a larger range of subjects, 
yet I have felt that the town was appropriating about as much 
as could b3 expected of them for books, magazines and papers. 
Aft^r giving much thought to the subject, I have arrived at the 



48 ANNUAL REPORTS 

following conclusions, i. e., if my proposition meets the approval 
of the Board of Trustees. The enclosed document will explain 
fully my ideas. 

Yours truly, 

W. A. Wilde. 



Boston, March 2, 1896. 
To the Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library : 

Gentlemen : I hereby offer to give to the Acton Memorial 
Library the sum of five thousand dollars, this sum to be kept in- 
vested by the trustees of the library, and their successors, as a 
permanent fund, and the income expended yearly by the trustees 
in the purchase of books, magazines and papers for the library, 
to be for the free use of all the inhabitants of the Town of Acton, 
under such by-laws and regulations as the trustees may make, 
from time to time, as provided in Chapter 52 of the Acts of 1890, 
entitled an act to incorporate the Acton Nemorial Library, upon 
the following condition : 

That the Town of Acton, in addition to such appropriation 
as the town may make for the other uses of the library, shall an- 
nually appropriate and pay to the trustees, to be by them ex- 
pended in the purchase of books, magazines and papers for the 
library, the sum of two hundred dollars, and should the town in 
any year refuse or neglect to make this appropriation and pay the 
same to the trustees, this gift shall thereby be forfeited, and shall 
revert to me, if living, and in case of my prior death, shall there- 
by be forfeited and revert to my heirs-at-law. 

W. A. WILDE. 

The acceptance by the town of this noble endowment of our 
library by Mr. Wilde will give us about 400 volumes a year of 
the freshest and most desirable of current publications, and with 
whit we may reasonably expect from donations from other 
sources, in ten years our present number of volumes will be near- 
ly doubled . 



town of acton. 49 

Eeport of Librarian, March 6, 1896. 

Total number of volumes in library, 5,590 

Added by purchase, 153 

" « gift, 44 

Total added, 197 

Total number of persons who have taken out cards, 1,086 

Fines, $16.03 

Books taken out during the year, 8,766 
Largest daily use, March 16, 1895. 
Smallest daily use, May 29, 1895. 

Visitors registered during the year, 557 

Gifts to the Library : 

A watch, belonging to Jedediah Tuttle, a resident of Acton, 
born 1792, died 1861 ; presented by his granddaughter. Mrs. 
Carrie Jones Leathe, of Woburn. 

Medal — Rev. Edward G. Porter, Lexington. 

Cap owned and first worn by Silas Conant, one of the Davis 
Blues, of Acton, the first Wednesday in May, 1823, on Acton 
common. Presented by Joseph F. Scott, Concord, Supt. Mass. 
Reformatory. 

Picture — presented by R. Wetherbee, M. D., Cambridge, 
Mass. 

Statue, " Industry " — by Hon. Win. A. Wilde. 

This very beautiful and costly work of art makes, in some 
degree, a companion piece to " Contemplation," presented by Mr. 
Wilde some years ago. 

Oil painting, " Departure of Minute Men from Acton, early 
morning of April 19, 1861," — presented by Luther Conant. 

Donations of books : — J. W. Harlow, Lexington, Mass., 1 ; 
F. A. Wyman, Esq., Boston, Mass., 1 ; Adelbert Mead, West Ac- 
ton, 1 ; Mary W. Fletcher, Acton, Mass., 3 ; John Fletcher, Acton, 
Mass., 1 ; W. A. Wilde, Maiden, Mass., 3; Rev. Edward G. Por- 
ter, Lexington, Mass., 2 ; D. J. Wetherbee, E. Acton, Mass., 2 ; 
Luther Conant, Acton, Mass., 1 ; Mrs. Luther Conant, Acton, 
Mass., 1; Wm. D. Tuttle, Acton,Mass., 1 ; Rev. Bernard Copping, 
Acton, Mass., 4 ; Rev. George Clark, West Acton, Mass., 1 ; Mrs. 
N. E. Reed, E. Acton, Mass., 2 ; Geo. T, Angel 1, Boston, Mass., 1 ; 



50 ANNUAL REPORTS 

children of E. R. Hoar, Concord, Mass., 1 ; unknown, 1 ; H. 0. 
Moore, 1 ; State, 16 ; total, 44. 

Periodicals donated for the Reading Room. — Child's Hour, 
Our Sunday afternoon, Harper's Round Table, Wm. A. Wilde ; 
Our Paper, Mass. Reformatory ; Congressional Record, Hon. J. F. 
Fitzgerald ; Our Dumb Animals, Society for Prevention of Cruelty 
to Animals ; Youth's Companion, Mrs. Frank Barker. 

Magazines same as last year with addition of Munsey's, Mc- 
Clure's, and Harper's Weekly. 

The financial statement will be found in the Selectmen's Re- 
port. The Trustees recommend the same appropriation as last 
year, $400 for current expenses, and $200 for new books. 

LUTHER CON ANT, for the Trustees. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



School Committee 



TOWN OF ACTON, MASS., 
1895-96. 




ACTON, MASS.: 

THE ENTERPRISE PRINTING COMPANY, 

1896. 



Report of the School Committee. 



To the Citizens of Acton : 

In presenting our annual report we are glad to be able to 
congratulate you upon the condition of the schools as a whole, 
and upon the progress made in them during the year. The 
report of the Superintendent of Schools, incorporated in and made 
a part of this report, affords detailed information upon this 
subject. 

The efficient work of the Superintendent is gratefully recog- 
nized by this board, as we believe that it is by all of the citizens of 
the town. That the relations existing between the Committee 
and the Superintendent have, from the beginning, been those of 
perfect harmony and confidence is matter for congratulation. 

There is urgent need of more room for the accommodation of 
the High School. Your attention was invited to this matter in 
our last annual report and at the town meeting in April, ; 95, ref- 
erence of it was made to the board of selectmen. The necessary 
room may be obtained by the erectionof a building for the use of the 
High School, by the enlargement of the school building at South 
Acton, or temporarily and unsatisfactorily, by alterations in the 
rooms now occupied by the school. If its work is to be effect- 
ively done the school must have a second assistant teacher. 
With that increase in the teaching force the necessity for more 
room than can be obtained in the existing house will become im- 
perative. 

Under a recent statute towns not maintaining a High School 
and having a valuation of less than $500,000 are entitled to re- 
payment by the Commonwealth of all sums expended by them 
for the tuition of their children in the High Schools of other 
towns ; provided that such High Schools are approved by the 
State Board of Education. 

The Acton High School has been so approved temporarily. 
There is grave doubt whether this approval will be made per- 



54 SCHOOL REPORT 

manent unless the teaching force is increased. The present 
income on account of out of town pupils is abont $ 100.00 a year, 
with every prospect of a larger revenue from this source in the 
future. 

There have been expended by the town for the transporta- 
tion of pupils of the High School $261.00 in '94, $585.50 in '95, 
and $454.50 in '96, an aggregate in the three years of $4301.00, 
and a yearly average of $433.66, the income, roughly speaking, 
of $8,700.00 at 5 per cent. In the opinion of your committee this 
expenditure is altogether disproportioned to the benefits resulting 
from it. Parents sufficiently ambitious for the future of their 
children to send them to the High School ought, it would 'seem, 
under any ordinary circumstances, to be willing to provide for 
their transportation, especially in view of the fact that these 
children are of an age to care for themselves in a very consider- 
able degree, and that from the time a child enters school until he 
leaves it the parent is subjected to no direct expense on account 
of his education. 

After careful consideration of this subject your committee is 
of the opinion that no further payments should be made by the 
town on account of transportation of High School pupils, except, 
perhaps in the instance of pupils living in North Acton. Because 
of the extremely isolated situation of these pupils we suggest the 
allowance to them of a small sum on account of transportation, 
and recommend the appropriation of $60.00 for this purpose. 

The money which has been devoted to payments on account 
of transportation of High School pupils in each of the last two 
years would, under a proper appropriation, provide for the salary 
of an additional assistance in the High School, or would enable us 
to employ a special instructor in music and drawing for all the 
schools. Applied to either of these purposes, preferably the 
former, a tangible, lasting and general benefit would result. 

In our last annual report it was pointed out that through 
pressure of members in the Center School the committee might 
find itself obliged, in the near future, to establish another school 
in that village. Such action became necessary early in the fall 
term. Accordingly the ungraded school was closed on October 
11th, and on the 14th of that month a Primary and a Grammar 
school were so established in its place. Permission to attend the 



TOWN OF ACTON. 55 

Center Grammar School was given to such pupils in the 8th Grade 
in the East School as desired to avail themselves of the advan- 
tages it offered them. Both of these new schools are doing ex- 
cellent work. 

Your attention is again requested to the propriety of grant- 
ing an appropriation for the transportation to the Center Schools 
of the pupils now attending the ungraded schools in the East 
and North villages. In our reports for 1894 and 1895 we have 
presented to you at length the reasons for such action. 

We desire to confirm the statements then made and to again 
express our convictions, strengthened with the passage of time, 
that the welfare of the pupils in the ungraded schools urgently 
demands the consolidation of these schools with those at the 
Center. 

The study of drawing in the common schools being required 
by statute, and a knowledge of the art having recently been made 
one of the requirements for admission to the Normal Schools, the 
study was introduced into all the grades of all the schools at the 
beginning of the fall term. The results thus far attained are 
gratifying. 

The introduction of improved methods of heating into the 
school buildings at South and West Acton has contributed 
greatly to the physical comfort of teachers and pupils, and has 
consequently improved the conditions of effective work. 

During the year the High School has received from friends 
of the school the gifts of a piano and of Mr. Arthur E. Davis' 
etching, " The Minute Men of Acton. " The South Grammar 
School has received from its teacher and pupils a small, well 
selected library and several valuable photographs and engravings. 
These gifts have been accepted by the committee on behalf of the 
town for the use of the respective schools. 

The report of the purchasing agent of the board is published 
herewith. We recommend the appropriation of $475.00, the 
amount appropriated last year, for the purchase of text-books and 
supplies. 

The appropriation of $100.00 for the purchase of apparatus 
and books of reference for the use of the High School has been 
expended as follows : Apparatus $58.45, books $28.01, chemicals 



56 SCHOOL REPORT 

$22.29 ; total $108.75. The sum of $150.00 is needed for this 
purpose this year and we recommend that it be so appropriated. 

The sum of $375.00 has been received from the state on ac- 
count of salary of the Superintendent for the years 1894-95. 

Mr. Eben H. Davis, Superintendent of Schools of Chelsea, 
has in response to our request, very kindly permitted us to publish 
herewith the interesting address delivered by him in June, 1895, 
before the graduating class of the Acton High School. 

In submitting to you our estimates of expenses for the 
coming year we wish to say that, pending action by the town in 
the matter of increased accommodations for the High School, and 
upon the question of consolidation of schools, we do not feel at 
liberty to present other estimates than those necessary for the 
continuance of the existing establishment. 



Summary of Receipts and Expenditures on Account of Schools for 
the Year 1895-96. 

RECEIPTS. 

Appropriation for common schools, $2,800 00 

" High School, 1,600 00 

" " school supplies, 475 00 
" " transportation S. E. 

pupils, 180 00 
" " transporting H. S. 

pupils, 575 00 
" " apparatus and books 

of reference, 100 00 
" " salary of superinten- 
dent, 475 00 
Keceipts from Mass. school fund, 235 35 
" " dog taxes, 211 47 
" " fees for tuition in High 

School, 75 33 

$6,727 15 





TOWN OF 


ACTON 




57 




EXPEXDITURES. 






?0I 


common schools, 




$3,289 31 




a 


High School, 




1,631 43 




a 


school supplies, 




496 50 • 




a 


transportation S. E. pupils, 




180 00 




■a 


" H. S. pupils, 




454 50 




a 


apparatus and books of re- 
ference, 




108 75 




Xi 


salary of superintendent, 




465 00 








$6,625 49 



Unexpended balance, $101 66 



Appropriations for support of schools recommended for the 


year 1896--97. 




For common schools, 


$3,100 00 


" High School, 


1,600 00 


" school supplies, 


475 00 


u transportation S. E. pupils, 


180 00 


u " H. S. pupils, 


60 00 


" apparatus, etc., for High School, 


150 00 


u salary of superintendent, 


475 00 



$6,040 00 
Eor the school committee, 

CHAS. J. WILLIAMS, Chairman. 



58 SCHOOL REPORT 



Superintendent's Report. 



School Committee of Acton : 

Gentlemen : — The following report for the year is respect- 
fully submitted. 

SUMMARY OF STATISTICS. 

Number of children in town, May 1, 1895, between 5 

and 15 years of age, 260 

Number of children in town, May 1, 1895, between 8 

and 14 years of age, 161 

Whole number of pupils enrolled in all the schools, 315 

Number of pupils under 5 years of age, 

Number of pupils over 15 years of age, 46 
Number of pupils between 8 and 14 years of 

age, 175 

Average membership of all the schools, 272.17 

Average attendance of all the schools, 260.02 

Per cent, of attendance of all the schools, 95.5 

Compared with last year, the number of children between 
five and fifteen years of age is four less, the number between eight 
and fourteen years of age, the same, the total enrollment eight 
less, the average membership four less. The average attendance 
and per cent, of attendance are a little higher. The per cent, is 
exceptionally good. 

In the month of June, Mr. Start, a special agent of the State 
Board of Education visited our schools and made a careful ex- 
amination of the school records for the purpose of ascertaining 
Avhether there had been any violations of the law for compulsory 
school attendance. I am glad to state that not one clear violation 
of the law was discovered ; also that the School Committee's 
records and teachers' registers were found to be so accurately 
kept that Mr. Start's investigation was greatly facilitated thereby. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 59 

STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR. 



Schools. 


Enroll- 
ment. 


Average 
Memb'ship 


Average 
Attendance 


Number of pupils neither 
absent nor tardy. 


Tardy 
Marks. 


Dis- 
missals. 










Spring 
Term. 


Fall 
Term. 


Winter 
Term. 






High, 


57 


54.96 


•52.63 


3 


17 


9 


251 


188 


So. Grammar, 


33 


30.14 


27.4 


4 


7 


6 


156 


87 


So. Primary, 


50 


40.1 


38.1 


11 


14 


5 


127 


29 


W. Grammar, 


3i 


30.63 


29.5 


4 


10 


3 


108 


78 


W. Primary, 


43 


29.72 


28.2 


8 


7 


4 


34 


57 


C. Grammar, 


46 


23-33 


22.81 


8 


8 


2 


22 


22 


C. Primary, 




13-53 


13-07 




10 


3 


28 


11 


East, 


33 


27.26 


26.34 


17 




3 


77 


47 


North, 


22 


22.5 


21-97 


13 


18 


11 


3 


68 




3i5 


272.17 


260.02 


68 


» 


46 


806 


587 



It will be seen that the number of tardy marks and dismiss- 
als is quite large. I invite the attention of teachers and parents 
to these two annoyances which do so much to affect unfavorably 
the progress of the schools and the moral training of pupils, and 
urge them to make every effort to reduce the number to a mini- 
mum. Tardiness is a bad habit, whether it is formed, by pupils, 
or practiced in the business relations of life. It is for the best 
interests of individual pupils, of parents and of schools, that a 
habit of promptness be formed by our pupils, and the time to 
cultivate such a habit is during schcol life. 

Again, a request to a teacher to excuse a child before the 
regular time for dismissal may seem of little consequence to the 
parents, but it may mean a great deal to the child, because one 
or more important links in his chain of knowledge may by that 
very means be lost, causing his future knowledge to rest on a less 
secure foundation. And when it transpires that a pupil lacks 
knowledge he ought to have, it often happens that the teacher is 
blamed for his deficiency, even if the child has lost many recita- 
tions through irregular attendance. It is a manifest injustice to 
a teacher to hold her responsible for the progress of a pupil who 



00 



SCHOOL REPORT 



is not prompt and regular in his attendance. The interests of 
the schools demand that the number of tardy marks and dismiss- 
als be considerably diminished. I sincerely trust the parents 
will unite with the teachers to bring about a reduction. 



TABULAR STATEMENT. 



Teachers. 



W. A. Charles, 

M. Florence Fletcher, I 

Hattie L. Tuttle, 
Hattie L. Tuttle. 
Henrietta E. Cutler, 

Bertha L. Gardner, 
Bertha L. Gardner, 
Lilla Keniston, 

Albertie M. Preston, 



Harriet H. Gardner, 

Susie E.Conant, 
Susie E. Conant. 
Florence N. Day, 

Ida A. Hapgood, 
Lillian F. Richardson, 



Terms 



spring 

Fall 

Winter 

Spring 

Fall 

Winter 

Spring 

Fall 

Winter 

Spring 

Fall 

Winter 

Spring 

Fall 

Winter 

Spring 

Fall 

Winter 

Fall 

Winter 

Spring 

Fall 

Winter 

Spring 

Fall 

Winter 



Schools. 



High. 

South Grammar 
South Primary 
W T est Grammar 



Centre 

| Centre Grammar 
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SCHOOLS. 

On the whole, I have to report a very satisfactory year's 
work. There are weak places, many of them, but by the appre- 
ciate attitude of the town, and the helpful assistance of the peo- 
ple, they can gradually be diminished. 

Changes are constantly taking place in the educational field, 
and demands for better educational facilities are being made on 
all sides to meet changed conditions. Upon the response which 
towns make to the requests for facilities to meet these demands, 
depends in a large measure the progressive and successful work 
of the school p. 

At the end of the sixth week of the fall term, the Commit- 
tee judged it advisable, owing to an augmented membership, to 
divide the Centre school and to open a grammar and a primary 
department there. When this division was made there were 
almost twice as many pupils at the Centre as there were in the 
fall of '93, when the schools were consolidated. So much more 
is now required of a teacher than formerly, that it is exceedingly 
difficult to find those who have the physical strength and execu- 
tive ability to manage successfully schools with as many classes 
as ours are obliged to have. 

Reading is the most important study in the curriculum, for 
by that art most of our information is acquired; and one of the 
most encouraging signs of progress in the domain of education is 
the demand that the pupils of our pubLic schools shall have the 
best kind of literature to read, for one of the true ends of read- 
ing is the cultivation of a love for good literature. In accord- 
ance with this view, masterpieces of English literature have been 
put into our schools to displace the school reader with its com- 
pilation of scrappy selectitns. Beading in three other lines, 
viz., history, geography and science, has also been introduced. 

BEADING LIST. 

Grade I. Thompson's "Fables and Rhymes." 

Grade II. "iEsop's Fables." 

Grade III. "Riverside Reader." 

Grade IV. Scudder's " Fable and Folk Stories." 



62 SCHOOL REPORT 

Grade V. Kingsley's " Water Babies." 

" American History Stories," Vol. I., Pratt. 

" American History Stories," Vol. II., Pratt. 

"Boston Tea Party." 
Grade VI. "Little Daffy downdilly." 

" Book of Stories." 

" True Stories from New England History." 

"Beginner's History," Montgomery. 

Scribner's " Geographical Reader." 
Grade VII. Franklin's Autobiography. 

Geographical Reader. Second Book. King. 

" Glimpses of Europe." 

" Sketches of the Orient." 
Grade VIII. "Two Great Retreats." 

Geographical Reader. Third Book. King. 

" American Tropics." 

" Old Ocean." 

To read well implies the ability to gather thought quickly 
from the written or printed page. The child who is trained to 
think when he reads, has an immense advantage over him who 
has not formed this habit in his reading course. Our teachers 
aim from the beginning to train their pupils to grasp the thoughts 
expressed in their reading and not simply to pronounce words. 
Reading the selections of an ordinary school reader, however, 
over and over again, may give children facility in word calling, 
but it does not conduce to thought getting. Nor does such read- 
ing tend to foster a love for good literature. The efforts of the 
teachers to train their pupils to read well should be supple- 
mented by a generous list of interesting and profitable reading 
matter for their use in teaching well this key to all studies. I 
trust this list will be added to next year. 

Drawing, a study required by law, and a knowledge of 
which is now required for admission to Normal Schools, has been 
introduced as a regular study. Although not much more than a 
beginning has been made, the prospect of good results later is 
quite encouraging. The services of a special teacher, however, 
one day a week, at least, is needed to secure the best results. 
The State course of study prepared by State Agents Henry T. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 63 

Bailey and L. Walter Sargent, has been placed in each school. 
The teachers find it very helpful. 

Teachers' meetings have been held from time to time. In 
-the winter term the teachers were addressed by Miss Balcb, on 
Drawing ; by Mr. J. T. Prince, Agent State Board of Education, 
on Language and Discipline ; and by Agent A. W. Edson, on 
English and Habit Training. In the fall term the teachers were 
granted a day to attend the N. W. Middlesex Teachers' Associa- 
tion, which met at Ayer. Miss Preston read a paper on Lan- 
guage at this meeting. The Association was addressed by some 
of the leading educators of the State. Such meetings are a 
great benefit to teachers. 

I am sorry to say that ill-health caused the resignation of 
Miss Gardner at the beginning of the winter term, and the tem- 
porary absence of Miss Tuttle. Mrs. Hosmer substituted for 
Miss Gardner one week, after which Miss Keniston was placed 
in charge of the school. Miss Tuttle was granted leave of ab- 
sence for one term, and Miss Cutler was engaged as a substitute. 

The South Acton grammar school is now possessed of a 
small, but well selected school library, and some beautiful photo- 
graphs and engravings. Our thanks are due Miss Tuttle and the 
school for these very acceptable gifts. 

I would recommend the consideration of vocal music as a 
study. Singing, well conducted, has a refining influence on 
pupils which repays many-fold the time taken for the necessary 
instruction. "Of all the fine arts," says Bain, "the most availa- 
ble and influential is music. This is, perhaps, the most unexcep- 
tionable as well as the cheapest of human pleasures." 

I would also ask that the advisability of adopting vertical 
penmanship for the first two grades be considered. I believe the 
vertical is better than the slant, for the following reasons : 1. It 
is more natural. 2. It is better hygienically. 3. It is more legi- 
ble. 4. It is more simple. 

HIGH SCHOOL. 

The progress of the classes in the high school has been ex- 
ceptionally good during the year. Industry and good spirit are 
prominent features of the school, and a great deal of work with 



04 SCHOOL REPORT 

very little friction is the result. Through the efforts of teachers 
and pupils a piano has been obtained for the school, and a plan 
to raise money to purchase an art collection is being carried out. 
Training in elocution has been continued, and drawing has been 
added to the list of studies. The school, however, does not yet 
have the advantages it should have. There should be a more 
complete course of study and better facilities for work in science. 
But the present course embraces more studies now than two 
teachers can advantagously teach. They are oblidged, even now,, 
to spread their energy and thought over too much ground ; and 
better facilities for science work demand an additional room for 
a laboratory, the room in the basement being altogether too small 
for the present senior class ; and as the next senior class will 
have almost twice as many pupils, the basement laboratory will 
be impracticable for class purposes. 

The question of high school education is a vital one. The 
State has recently decreed that all children who desire to take a 
high school course, and who are qualified therefor, shall be fur- 
nished proper instruction, either in the town in which they live,, 
or in an approved high school elsewhere, at the expense of the 
town to which they belong. 

Acton, according to latest census, contains over five hundred 
families. It is therefore obliged by law to maintain a high school 
and furnish its pupils proper instruction. What this proper in- 
struction is, the State Board of Education decides, and as this 
Board has decided to approve our high school only temporarily? 
we may infer that in the final disposition of the matter its approval 
will be witheld, and for the following reasons. 1. A course 
of study too narrow in its scope. 2. An inadequate teaching force. 
3. Lack of proper laboratory facilities. 4. Insufficient apparatus. 

I have no doubt that the permanent approval of the State 
Board can be obtained if the town will engage an additional 
teacher, and furnish a well equipped laboratory. Just what the 
course of the State Board will be, in regard to our school, it' it 
does not meet their requirements , I do not know. 



The graduation exercises of the high school, class of '95 took 
place at the Town Hall, Thursday evening, June J 3, 1895. An 



TOWN OF ACTON. 65 

eloquent address on this occasion was delivered by Mr. Eben 
H. Davis, Superintendent of Schools, Chelsea, Mass. Excellent 
singing under the direction of Mr. Charles was furnished by the 
school. 



HIGH SCHOOL. 

Graduating Exercises of the Class of '95, at the Town Hall, 
Thursday Evening, June 14. 

GRADUATES: 

CLASSICAL COURSE. 
EVA CLARISSA BASSETT, JOHN EDWARD HANNON, 

INA STELLA BRYANT, ALICE EMMA MILLER, 

MARY EDWARDS, MABEL FRANCES WETHERBEE, 

SARAH ALICE WOOD. 

ENGLISH COURSE. 

AUGUSTINE BRADFORD CONANT, LORETTA CENTENNA SHATTUCK, 

ETHEL VIOLA HANDLEY, CARRIE ELIZABETH TAYLOR, 

CARL PICKENS, GRACE EVELYN TAYLOR, 

JAMES QUINLAN, LULA FLORENCE WHITCOMB. 



PROGRAM. 

March, Orchestra 

Prayer, Rev. F. P. Wood 

Song, " New Hail Columbia," School 
Address, Supt. E. H. Davis, of Chelsea 

Song, "In Countless Songs Abounding," School 

Conferring of Diplomas, Supt. Edward Dixon 

Song, " In Violet Time," School 

Music, Orchestra 



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CONSOLIDATION OF SCHOOLS. 



Consolidation is today a much discussed, problem in many 
towns of the state. I take it for granted, that those who favor 
consolidation and those who oppose such a plan are actuated by 
the best of motives — the good of the schools. Consolidation is a 
departure from established custom, so its ready adoption is not 
to be expected unless its advantages are shown to be greater than 
its disadvantages, consequently it rests with those who favor such 
a movement to give their reasons why such a change is desirable. 

It may safely be assumed that modern teaching is expected 
in our schools. 'However much we may value the scheme of edu- 
cation embraced in the three R's, the, public statutes demand a 
broader curriculum. Then, too, public sentiment now demands 
that teachers shall teach classes, and not simply hear recitations. 
To teach is to direct the work of the pupils, to show them how to 
study, to arouse their interest, to train them to habits of clear, 
concise, and connected expression, to examine their written work, 
to cultivate in them a love of study and lead them to investigate 
for themselves, to impart information, and to lead pupils to ap- 
ply the things learned. 

In our mode of grading there is an interval of a year between 
the grades. There are at present seven grades in the East and 
North schools. One of the best arranged daily programs of work 
I have seen for a school of seven grades called for thirty-three 
class exercises per day. Allowing thirty minutes for two recesses, 
there are left three hundred, thirty minutes for thirty three class 
exercises, or ten minutes to a class, and this includes the time for 
all individual work. This number of class exercises is altogether 
too many for satisfactory instruction and drill, but the East and 
the North schools have even more than that number. It is an 
impossibility for a teacher to teach a class properly in ten min- 
utes, and follow it up all day. She must fall back in a large 
measure on the old way of simply hearing classes ; and the weaker 
the teacher, the more apt she w r ill be to adopt such a course. 

If the pupils of the Centre, the East, and the North schools 
were accommodated in one building, the following advantages 
would ensue : 



TOWN OF ACTON. 67 

1. A more complete course of study. 

2. Au improved classification. 

3. Broader and more effective instruction. 

4. The stimulating- influence of large classes. 

5. More individual work. 

6. More rapid progress. 

In addition to these advantages, consolidation will better en- 
sure the retention of good teachers, and a better opportunity for 
enrichment of the course in the lines of vocal music, drawing, 
and nature study. 

The fifty-eighth annual report of the State Board of Educa- 
tion says : " The consolidation in Concord, Bedford, and Lexing- 
ton, is as creditable a part of our school history as their stand in 
colonial days is of the history of the nation." Why not make 
the same thing true of Acton ? 



I desire in closing to express my gratitude to the teachers 
for their efforts to make the year's work a profitable one, to the 
people for many courtesies received, and to the committee for 
their hearty cooperation, to the chairman especially for his very 
helpful assistance during the year. 



Bespectfully submitted, 

EDWAED DIXON, 

Superintendent of Schools. 



68 SCHOOL REPORT 



Report of Superintendent. ==5upplement, 



COURSE IN GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY. 

Elementry geography naturally divides itself into four parts ; 
.viz., geographical objects, the earth as a whole, continents and 
nations. 

Geographical objects are : hill, valley, spring, brook, river, 
lake, cape, peninsula, cloud, dew, snow, ice winds, climate, soil, 
plants, animals, people, etc. 

The. purpose of the lesson on geographical objects is to train 
pupils to observe well, to express their knowledge correctly by 
talking, writing and drawing, and especially to acquire and to 
express their knowledge of the facts which they must observe 
in order to read the globes, maps and books used in the study of 
the earth as a whole and of its continents and countries. 

Grade IV. 

FORMS OF WATER. ' 

Observation of the forms, such as clouos, fog, mist, rain, dew, 
frost, snow and ice, as they occur and where they occur, to 
recognize each and to find the more obvious qualities and uses of 
each ; to find the times of greatest abundance, and the uses of 
the common forms ; to find the Regions of cloud and fog ; rain 
and dew; frost, snow, ice; glaciers, ice bergs, ice floes. 

Imagine the regions by aid of pictures and text. Find uses 
of the forms in abundance. 

Writing, reading, memory gems, imaginative writing, as for 
previous topics. 

Weather. — Observation of weather conditions, temperature 
and moisture. Association of temperature, wind and form of 
water. 

Seasons. — The months included. Association of tempera- 
ture, wind and moisture prevaling in each season. 

The weather record should be continued. 



TOWN "OF ACTON. 69 

Temperature. — Observation, by feeling, of changes in tem- 
perature. 

Reading the thermometer, placed outdoors, and noticing the 
gradual changes during each day and each month. 

Velocity. — Observation of velocity as indicated by effects on 
leaves, twigs, dust, etc. Calm, light breeze, moderate breeze, 
strong or fresh breeze, gale, storm, hurricane. 

Enter the observation in the daily weather record. 

Direction. — Observation of the directions of winds bringing 
heat, cold, rain, snow, etc. 

Effects, uses. — Favorable, disastrous ; land and sea; to plants, 
animals, people, buildings, vessels. If possible, give lessons on 
the life-saving service. 

Suf/gestw?is. — Keep a weather record on the blackboard. 
Record children's observations of temperature, direction and velo- 
city of the wind, the form of water prevailing, unusual conditions, 
etc. 

Stories or descriptions should be read and told of the 
temperature and peculiar winds of distant regions and of the 
upper air, of their uses and effects ; of the bravery of the life- 
saving crew, of tire seamen in times of wrecks, of the kindness 
of others to the shipwrecked; of the beauties of the forms of 
water ; of the wonderful work that water does. 

LAND AND WATER. 

Bodies of land : Hill, plain, valley, hill range. 

Bodies of water : Spring, brook, river, pond, lake. 

Projections of land : Cape, peninsula, isthmus, island. 

Projections of water : Bay, sea, strait. 

The geographical objects which can be seen should be taught 
by outdoor lessons. For distant objects use pictures and text. 

In the case of each group of bodies lead the pupils (1) to 
recognize and name each body when seen ; (2) to find what dis- 
tinguishes it from other bodies ; (3) to find the relations of bodies 
to one another, as of hills to valleys, springs to brooks, hills and 
valleys to brooks, rivers and lakes, peninsulas to bays ; (4) to 
compare the bodies ; (5) to find the uses of the various objects ; 
(6) in addition to oral and written expression to represent all 



70 SCHOOL REPORT 

parts which can be so represented, by neat symbols; (7) to 
practice map reading; (8) to mould in sand known objects. 

Most important facts : — 
The surface, — level or elevated ; the hills, — direction of slopes; 

the slopes,^ — steep or gradual. 
The streams, — source, bank, branches, mouth, direction and rate 

of flow, work of streams, wearing, carrying. 
The soil, — fertile or sterile; where fertile and where sterile. 
Ponds, lakes, bays or oceans, — the shore projections and. indenta- 
tions ; islands. 
The weather, — what winds bring heat, cold, rain, snow, moisture, 

dryness. 
Plants and animals of the town, — those good for food, shelter 

or clothing ; occupations and industries of the town. 
Roads, railroads, — use of. 
Different villages in the town and reasons for their location. 

Note. — As the pupils learn these facts, teach them to con- 
struct maps representing, — 

1. A plan of the schoolroom on paper or the blackboard, 
with the location of principal objects. 

2. A plan of the schoolyard with the schoolhouse. 

3. A ma}) of the neighborhood, with roads and- principal 
buildings. 

4. A map of the town, representing the position and direc- 
tion of natural features. Teach the pupils to draw such maps in 
time of recitation and to recite as they draw. 

Suggestions. — The names of things studied should be taught, 
but definitions at this stage of the work should not be required. 
Make collections of products. 

2. Study United St(des as a ivhole. 

a. Locate in continent. 

b. Boundaries. 

c. Natural features of the continent found in United 

States, surface, drainage, soil, climate, productive 
districts. 

d. Principal cities. 

e. Means of communication, railroads, canals, water-routes. 

f. Government. 

g. Divisions, states, territories. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 71 

3. Oral lessons to show the uses of rivers, the effect of soil 
and climate on productions, the connection between productions. 
Special study of Massachusetts, using following topics : — 

a. Location in United States and New England. 

b. Boundaries. 

c. Comparative size and population. 

d. Natural features, surface, rivers, soil. 

e. Natural advantages for agriculture, commerce, manu- 

facturing, fishing. 
/. Chief industries, where located and why ; exports. 
g. Counties and cities, location and industry. 
h. Railroads. 
Suggestions. — Besides a globe and the maps of the conti- 
nents, there should be in every schoolroom a map of the United 
States and one of Massachusetts. 

Poems (Nature). 
Address to the Ocean (Proctor) ; The Ocean (Byron) ; The 
World (Levee) ; The Tides, The Sound of the Sea, Sunrise on 
the Hills, Sundown, Mississippi River, The Wave, The Brook 
and the Wave, Twilight, Autumn (Longfellow) ; Snow Storm 
(Emerson) ; The Tempest (Fields) ; The Rainbow (Keble) ; 
Song of the Stars (Bryant;) Autumn (Shelley); November 
(Hood); Lengthening Days (Gould); The Brook (Tennyson); 
The Hills (Lucy Larcom) ; A Brook Song (Eugene Field) ; The 
Wind (Landon) ; Icebergs (McGee) ; The Northern Seas (How- 
itt); Early Spring (Brack ett); Summer (Bryant); Spring and 
Summer (Levee); The Sea (Cornwall); September (H. H.) : 
The River (Southey). 



FIFTH YEAR. 

The Earth as a Whole. 

Teach from globes, pictures, maps. 

Have recitations as follows : Oral descriptions with and 
without the aid of pictures, globes or maps ; association of 
places, pictures, etc., with their symbols on globes and maps; 
filling in progressive world outline maps ; writing from series of 
topics, with and without the aid of pictures, globes or maps. 



72 SCHOOL REPORT 

Teach the following themes with their subdivisions: 

The Earth, — its position in space, size, rotation, axis, poles, 
equator, time of rotation, day, night, observations from the 
earth of the sun and the moon. 

Land and water divisions, — land and water hemispheres, 
eastern and western hemispheres. 

Continents and Oceans, — their names, forms, relative sizes, rela- 
tive positions. 

Islands, — continental, oceanic. 

Coast line, — projections of land and water, position, direction, 
adjoining waters, commercial importance. 

Relief, — world ridge, appearance of the top, form, slope, basins 
formed. 

Highlands, — low parts of the world ridge (Panama, Bering's 
Strait, Suez), greater and lesser highlands and their posi- 
tions. 

Lowlands, — position in each world basin, position between the 
two highlands of each continent. 

Drainage, — world water-parting, world basins (Atlantic and 
Pacific oceans) with their slopes, forms and relative extent, 
world river systems (Atlantic and Pacific systems as repre- 
sented by commercially important rivers.) 

Climate, — zones, movements (due to the motion of the earth.) 

Winds, — their cause, general direction, land and sea breezes, 
winds of the north temperate and north frigid zones, winds 
from continents to oceans in the winter and from oceans to 
continents in the summer, winds of the torrid zone, the 
trade winds. 

Rainfall, — the distribution of vapor, the formation of clouds and 
rain, the amount of rainfall, places of much, little or no rain. 

Ocean Currents, — the Gulf stream, the Japan current, polar 
streams. 

Soil, — regions of great fertility, deserts. 

Productions : — 

Agricultural regions, — wheat, corn, rice, cotton. 
Grazing regions, — meat, hides, horn, wool. 
Lumbering regions, — wood of deciduous trees and of ever- 
green trees. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 73 

Mining regions, — coal, iron, copper, gold, silver. 
People, — the different races and their distribution. 

After the study of the great features of the whole earth, group 
the facts belonging to each continent under the following topics : 
Coast line, — advantages, disadvantages. 
Belief, — highlands, lowlands. 
Drainage,— Atlantic system, Pacific system, rivers and lake 

routes. 
Climate, — characteristics, advantages, disadvantages. 
Soil, — amount of fertile soil, comparative fertility. 
Productions, — exports, imports, exchanging continents. 
Race, — characteristics, advancement. 



Study North America. Review form, size, bordering waters, 
islands, peninsulas and capes. 
Study carefully, — 

a. Great surface features, highlands and lowlands, mountain 

systems, ranges and slopes, plateaus and plains. 

b. Great drainage systems, and relation to highlands and low- 

lands. 

c. Varieties of soil and their location. 

d. Varieties of climate and their location. 

e. Great product districts, animal, vegetable and mineral. 

f. Races of men and their location. 

g. Countries and their capitals. 

Study United States by sections, using the following topics for 
-each : — . 

a. Location of section in United States. 

b. States comprised in the section. 

c. General character of surface, soil and climate. 

d. Chief industries. 

e. Leading products ; exports. 
J. Capitals and principal cities. 

Study British America and Mexico. Use same topics as in 
•study of United States. 

2. Study latitude and longitude, tropics and polar circles, zones? 
change of seasons. 



74 SCHOOL 'REPORT 

3. Study South America ; topics as in North America. 

4. Study Europe ; topics as in North America. 

5. Study ten principal countries of Europe ; topics as in United 
States. 

Suggestions. — In studying foreign countries comparison should 
constantly be made with our own, in size, latitude, climate, peo- 
ple and productions, . 

Vary exercises by written descriptions of imaginary voyages- 
and travels. 

Much use may be mdde of the newspapers by having the places 
mentioned in the news and shipping columns located by the pu- 
pils, and by having the articles named in the lists of imports and 
in the market reports referred to the country where they Ave re- 
produced. 

In teaching longitude the effect of difference in longitude upon 
time should be shown, and the meaning of the term, " standard 
time" as used in our own country explained. 

HlSTORA r . 

Use the language exercises and those in home geography to 
awaken an interest in historical subjects and to prepare the 
way for more formal study. 

Describe historical events and relate striking incidents in the 
lives of famous persons. Select especially examples of heroism, 
and self-sacrifice for one's country or for one's fellow-men. 

Use public anniversaries and birthdays to give historical infor- 
mation. 

Require all stories to be retold, either orally or in Avriting; 
Have it understood that the work is not for entertainment, but 
for instruction. 

In connection with the study of home geography, consider the- 
early history of the town, the first settlers, Avho they Avere, Avhy 
they came, in Avhat part of the town they lived, how they lived, 
their houses, schools and industries, their neighbors the Indians, 
interesting historical events and local traditions. 

As far as possible illustrate these facts by pictures and such 
relics of the past as the neighborhood may afford. 
I. Explorers and Discoverers. 

Columbus; Americus Yespucius ; Balboa; DeSoto; The Ca- 



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bots ; Raleigh ; Gosnold ; Champlain ; Marquette ; LaSalle; 
Henry Hudson. 

77. Colonization. 

John Smith; Pocahontas; The Mayflower and the Pilgrims; 
Myles Stan dish ; Roger Williams ; King Philip's War ; In- 
dians ; Importation of Slaves. 

777. The Last French War and the Revolution. 

Washington ; The Arcadians ; Braddock's Defeat ; AVolfe and 
Montcalm; Patrick Henry ; Samuel Adams and the a Bos- 
ton Tea Party '" ; Paul Revere ; Concord and Lexington ; Jo- 
seph Warren ; Hunker Hill; La Fayette; Valley Forge; 
Franklin and the Lightning Rod ; Arnold the Traitor and 
Andre the Spy. 

IV. The Republic from 1789 to 1820. 

Eli Whitney and the Cotton-gin ; Daniel Boone and the In- 
dians ; Thomas Jefferson; Fulton and the Steamboat. 

V. The Republic from 1820 to 1865. 

The Railroad ; Morse and the Telegraph ; ■ The Story of Slav- 
ery ; John Brown ; Abraham Lincoln ; Anecdotes of the 
Civil War. 

Books. 

Dodge's Stories of American History ; Pratt's American His- 
tory Stories; Johonnot's Stories of Our Country; Blaisdell's Sto- 
ries of the Civil War; Eggleston's First Book in American His- 
tory ; Montgomery's Leading Facts in American History ; Hig- 
ginson's Young Folks' History of U. S. ; Fiske's War of Inde- 
pendence; Our Fatherland; The Great West; Stories of Massa- 
chusetts. 

Poems. 

America; The Star Spangled Banner; Our Country (Peabody); 
Song of the Union ; The Red, White and Blue ; Hail Columbia ; 
The American Flag; The Rising in 1776; The Battle of Lexing- 
ton ; Paul Revere's Ride ; Bunker Hill ; Song of Marion's Men 
(Bryant); Independence; Independence Bell ; My Country ; The 
Ship of State ; Union and Liberty; God Bless Our Fatherland; 
Seventy-Six ; The Flower of Liberty ; Liberty, Our Queen ; The 
Concord Hymn ; Our Country's Call ; Barbara Frietchie ; Sheri- 
dan's Ride ; John Burns of Gettysburg ; Our Colors at Fort Sum- 
ter ; The Cumberland ; T 1 e Landing of the Pilgrims ; The Pil- 
grim Fathers — Where are They ? ; The Pilgrim's Vision. 



76 SCHOOL REPORT 



Department of School Supplies 



To the School Committee : 

I herewith present the annual report of the expense account 
of, this department: 

J. L. Hammett. 

Mar. 23. 20 rms. No. 27 letter paper, 

6 rms. No. 3 practice paper, 

6 rms. No. 8 " 

6 rms. No. 5 ". 

6 rms. No. 1 1-2 " 
20 packages 8 1-2x91-2 manilla 

5 rms. manilla letter, 
100 Cornhill pads, ' 
66 1-2 lbs. best pads, 

2 doz. plain manilla pads, 

5 doz. note manilla, 

5 rms. 6x9 manilla dr. paper, 
2 rms. 9x12 " 

6 gross No. 490 pencils, 
5c Penn. slate pencils, 
2 gross school pencils No. 2, 
8 " ' No. 3, 

15 gross school pens, 
1 doz. Bonneys ink, 

4 doz. No. 30 rules, 
lc No. 50 blank books, 

1 case white crayons, 

5 packages blotters, 

2 lbs. sponges, 

6 boxes "Little Artist," 
12 boxes " Penn Busy Work," 



$19 60 


4 


20 


3 


60 


3 


60 


3 


90 


2 


80 


3 


25 


5 00 


5 


99 


1 


20 


1 


50 


1 


25 


1 


00 


4 50 




50 


3 00 


12 


00 


5 40 


3 


00 




60 


2 


25 


4 


50 


2 


50 


2 


00 


1 


20 


2 


70 



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Mar. 23. 5c sheets Bot. Wtg. paper, 
15 botany blanks, 
2 Knoebel's Guides, 
1c sheets drying paper, 

Apr. 5. 5 doz. manilla note rules, 

30 lbs. sheet wrapping paper, 
1 box reading objects, 



$1 


25 


1 


50 


1 


00 


1 


50 


$1 


50 


1 


35 


3 50 



$106 29 



6 35 



May 2. 1 Gem pencil sharpener, $3 00 

1 doz. packages S. P. disks, 1 92 













4 92 


June 


15. 


1 Knoebel's Guide, 


$ 


50 


50 


Sept. 


6. 


12 manilla note books, 


$1 08 


1 08 


Sept. 


13. 


100 note books, 


3 50 


3 50 


Aug. 


8. 


10 1-2 doz. White's drawing 












books No. 1, 


8 


20 








20 pkgs. 6x9 drawing paper, 




80 








6 clay bricks, 


1 


20 








6 boxes teachers' models No. 2, 


5 


38 








5 pr. B. B. compasses, 


2 


00 








1 M Middleton fasteners, 


2 


50 








1 Knoebel's beetles, 




50 








1 Burritt's Atlas of Heavens, 




94 








1 Burritt's Geog. of Heavens, 




94 


22 46 


Oct. 


26. 


5 lbs. rubber erasers, ( j 


3 


95 








1 lb. school sponges, 


1 


00 








1-2 gross No. 30 rules, 




75 








25 Cornhill pads, 


1 


25 


6 85 



$151 95 



GlNN & CO. 

Mar. 26. 4 Wentworth P. & S. Geom., $5 00 
Less 1-6, , 83 

$4 17 



78 SCHOOL KEPORT 

Apr. 6. 50 Cyr's Primers, $12 00 

50 Thompson's Fables, 12 00 

40 Kingsley's Water Babies, 14 00 





20. 
2. 

18. 
24. 

.10. 
7. 

15. 
21. 


Less 1-6, 

7 Ovid, 

Less 1-6, 

17 Prince's Arithmetics, 
Less 1-6, 

23 Prince Arithmetics, 
Less 1-6, 

51 Prince Arithmetics, 
5 Prince Manuals, 

Less 1-6, 

2 Prince Arithmetics., 

3 Greenongh's Virgil, 
5 Eng. History, 

•Less 1-6, 

2 Prince's Arithmetics, post- 
age, 
16 Prince's Arithmetics, 
Less 1-6, 


$38 00 

6 33 


31 

8 
2 

3 

11 

8 




Apr. 


810 
1 


50 
75 


67 


May 


$3 40 
57 


75 


May 


#4 


60 


83 


May 


$10 20 
4 00 


83 




814 

2 


20 
37 




Sept, 
Sept, 


S 

84 
5 


39 
80 
60 


83 
39 


Oct, 
Oct. 


$10 40 

1 73 

$ 40 

$3 20 

53 


67 
40 



2 6] 
Oct. 24. 21 Prince's Arithmetics, 84 20 

2 Wentworth Ele. Algebra, 2 24 



Less 1-6, 1 07 



6 44 

5 3' 



TOWN, OF ACTON. 79 

Dec. 10. 1 doz. spelling blanks No. 2, $ 35 35 

Jan. 11. 3 Prince's Arithmetics, post- 
age, $ 60 60 

Jan. 20. 9 Wentworth Sell. Algebra, {$10 08 
4 Wentworth Ele. Algebra, 4 48 
4 doz. spelling blanks, 1 6S 



Less 1-6, 

Jan. 21. 1 Wentworth Manual, 
Less 1-6, 



American Book Co. 

Mar. 21. 11 Jevon's Polit. Economy, $3 85 
3 readers, teachers' edition, 1 50 



16 24 

2 71 




$1 75 
29 


13 53 




1 46 




$96 52 



$5 35 
Less 20 per cent., 1 07 



Oct. 3. 3 Martin Civil Gov't, $2 16 



Oct. 26. 6 Webster Prim. Sch. Diet., $2 88 
15 Swinton Word Books, 2 16 



$5 04 
Less 20 per cent., 1 00 



Dec. 14. 4 Harrington Spellers, Ko, 4, $ 48 
Postage, 12 



4 25 



16 



4 04 



60 

$11 08 



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D. C. Heath & Co. 
Mar. 22. 5 Sheppard's Chemistry, $5 60 

Less 1-6, 93 



16 Columbal, 

Less 1-6, 


$5 60 
93 


4 67 
4 67 














$9 34 



Lee & Sheppard. 
Apr. 6. 40 King's Geog. Readers No.3, $18 67 

$18 67 

Oct. 9. 2 King's Geog. Readers No. 2, $1 20 

2 " No. 4, 94 

2 14 

~~ $20 81 

Silver, Burdett & Co. 
Apr. 11. 15 Chemistry report books, $3 75 
Less 1-6, 62 

" $3 13 $3 13 

Perry Mason & Co. 
Apr. 6. 200 selections, Youths' Com- 
panion, $14 00 $14 00 $14 00 

University Pub. Co. 

Apr. 22. 1 Lippincott Bidy. Diet., $7 20 $7 20 $7 20 

Educational Pub. Co. 

Apr. 20. 50 Aesop's Fables, vol. 1, $15 00 

50 " vol. 2, 15 00 

40 Am. Hist. Stories, vol. 1, 14 40 

40 " vol. 2, 14 40 



$58 80 
Less 1-6, 9 80 

" $49 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



81 



Nov. 29. 4 
Dec. 23. 2 

2 



}'s Fables, 
" vol. 1, 
" vol. 2, 


.$ 20 

$ 60 

60 


20 


Less 1-6, 


$1 20 
20 








1 00 



$50 20 

CtATELY & O'GORMAN. 

June 26. 3 Scenes from Every Land, $15 00 $15 00 $15 00 

Public School Printing Co. 
July 20. 200 Baldwin Report Books, $3 70 $3 70 $3 70 

Prang Educational Co. 



Aug. 5. 1 set White's models, No. 3, 


$ 9 60 


1 gr. scissors, nickel, 




18 00 


123 sets models, No. 1, 




14 76 


5 Primary Manuals, 




2 00 


5 " No. 


4, 


2 00 


1 " No. 


5, 


40 


8 glass prisms, 




1 60 


Aug. 15. 115 spheres, B size, 




115 cubes, " 






115 sq. prisms, B size, 






115 cylinders, " 






460 solids, 




$13 80 


10 boxes, 




2 50 



$48 36 



Oct. 21. 6 sets models, No. 1, 
1-2 doz. scissors, 



72 
75 



16 30 



1 47 



6 13 



OJ SCHOOL KEPOKT 

Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 

Apr. 25. 40 Prose and Verse, $ 8 50 

40 Fables and Folk Stories, 13 60 
40 Colburn's Arithmetics, 11 90 



$34 00 
Nov. 29. 3 Riverside Primers, $ 77 



$34 77 



Thompson, Brown & Co. 



Dec. 14. 21 sets Merservey's d. e. book- 
keeping, $12 60 
Less 1-6, 2 10 

$10 50 $10 50 
DeWolf, Ftske & Co. 
Dec. 18. 12 Poutledge French Diet., $6 00 $6 00 $6 00 

Miscellaneous. 
K. C. Peed, express, 
Wm. Jenrins, express, 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, ink, 
C. H. Mead & Co., ink, 
W. A. Charles, music, 



Credit. 

Old books sold G-inn & Co., 
Supplies sold pupils, 



$496 50 
The property now in the supply room is valued at about 
$160.00. 

Very respectfully, 

CHAS. J. WILLIAMS, 

Purchasing Agent. 



$1 90 




3 65 




1 95 




65 




50 




$8 65 


$8 65 




$500 33 




$5 25 




7 23 




12 48 



ADDRESS 



DELIVERED BY 

EBEN H. DAVIS, Superintendent of Schools 
of Chelsea, 

AT THE 

High School Graduation at Acton, Mass., 1895. 



It gives me a peculiar pleasure to stand before an Acton au- 
dience. The man must be of strange mould who does not enter- 
tain in his heart a good deal or respect for his native town. 

Although my lot has been cast in other places since the early 
age of thirteen years, I have found time to visit the homestead a 
few weeks of each summer season, have kept in touch with 
the spirit and progress yon have manifested, and have rejoiced 
with you in your occasions oi festivity and honor. 

As my life-work has had to do with matters of public school 
education, it is natural that I should note with greatest interest 
the progress you have made in the improvement of your school 
system. Having received my earliest instruction in these schools 
I am the better qualified to contrast the advantages afforded to- 
day with those which existed in my time. In this respect I think 
you have reason to feel a just pride in what you have achieved. 

When I was a boy, the only high school in the town was a 
private 'enterprise, held but a few weeks in the fall, in the centre 
of the town, and kept by some college student to eke out his col- 
lege expenses. There was no orderly course of studies, but each 
student selected such branches as his fancy dictated or friends 
advised, for which he paid his own tuition. In this way it was 
possible to obtain a smattering of Latin or Greek, an introduction 
to the elements of science, and some knowledge of mathematics. 
But, in order to fit for college, I had to attend an academy, one 
hundred and fiity miles from home. 



84 SCHOOL REPORT 

To-day, you have a high school that is a credit to the town, 
with a full four years' course, where, as I understand, the boys 
and girls may fit for college, or any similar institution in the land. 
It is further to your credit that the expense of this school is as- 
sumed voluntarily, the town being exempt from the provisions of 
the statute on account of the smallness of the population. 

While thus giving full credit to the present condition of af- 
fairs, I would by no means speak lightly of the schools of my 
boyhood days. They were good for the times, and generally had 
excellent teachers. The foundation I then received enabled me 
to enter college at seventeen years of age, and to graduate at 
twenty -one, — quite as young as is for one's best good. 

Nor were those brief terms of high school studies without in- 
fluence. They opened up'to us new lines of thought, and the per- 
sonality of the teachers, fresh from college and imbued with zeal 
for a higher education, made a strong impress. It was through 
contact with such influences that I was inspired, with an ambi- 
tion to go to college. You remember that President Garfield at- 
tributed all his nobler ambitions and successes to the influence of 
his instructor, Mark Hopkins. Thus, you see, the schoolmaster, 
as much as any other influence, shapes the destinies of men. 

Nor would we forget our school days it' we could. There are 
doubtless some in this hall to-night who remember the old meet- 
ing-house which stood upon the ground now occupied by this hall, 
with its long settees in the vestry below, on which we sat as stu- 
dents. But more often we sat on the old-fashioned benches of 
the school house farther down the street. 

I mast not forget to mention the names of Lyman Cutler, 
Albert S. Ingalls, Mark Davis, (and others whose names I might 
mention), w'.io were am m ; tin s jh >olaixsters of our youth. 

it is pleasant to recall the memory' of school days. Indeed, 
the lot of the average boy and girl must have been a hard one 
whose school days do not afford pleasant reminiscences in after 
life. 

However pleasant the recollection of early days, we must not 
forget that the world is constantly moving forward, not backward, 
bearing with it progress in all things. We should be of peculiar 
disposition if we were unwilling to admit that the schools had 
kept pace in the onward march of events. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 85 

There is a science which regulates the instruction of to-day 
which, was not so well understood twenty-five years ago or more. 
Great changes in the processes of teaching have taken place 
within a few years, and greater still are fore-shadowed in the near 
future. It will not be long before all teachers will be required to 
have a professional training before they can be licensed to teach. 
Massachusetts, having already more normal schools than any 
other state in the union, voted through the legislature of 1894 to 
add several more, which will soon be in active operation and 
filled with a high grade of apprentices. 

The science of psychology has assumed a prominence which 
can no longer be ignored. Dr. E. Stanley Hall, of Clark Univer- 
sity, is giving this subject a dignity and meaning which command 
the respect of all thinking minds. The child is made the object- 
ive study, and this science enables us to look through the outer 
surface into its very soul, and to comprehend what is best for its 
complete development, morally, intellectually, and physically. 

When I began my professional work of directing school in- 
struction twenty-five years ago, there were but eight or ten school 
superintendents in the state. Now, there is scarcely a town 
which does not come under their influence, and I am pleased to 
find that you have one as skilled as the best, and one to whose 
judgment you may in all confidence defer. 

The occasion which you celebrate this evening is one of ex- 
ceeding interest. The exercises of a public school graduation 
have always taken strong hold upon the people. The halls in 
which they are held are rarely too large. In my own city we 
have never been able to secure one large enough to hold one-half 
of all who would like to attend, not even in our spacious Acad- 
emy of Music. 

Why are the people so interested ? Is it because they like 
to be entertained? 

Yes, in a measure, but this is not the only reason. 

Is it because of their natural interest in young people, w r hose 
days are seemingly so free from cares and so full of bright 
hopes ? 

To some extent this may be true, but there are other reasons 
still. 

When our forefathers planted their homes in the wilderness 



8G SCHOOL REPORT 

they at once began to look about for means to establish the school, 
then the college. From that time to this the public school has 
taken higher and yet higher position in the hearts of men, until 
it outranks all other interests. It has cost more money, received 
more favorable legislation, and is surrounded with stronger safe- 
guards. A thrust aimed at the public school will call forth more 
righteous indignation than any other occasion. No school archi- 
tecture seems too magnificent, and no equipment too extravagant. 
The people suffer themselves to be taxed for it as they would for 
no other cause. Many states have set apart public lands which 
yield enormous revenues for school purposes, and our own state 
has a fair income which is disbursed in the country towns. 

Our fathers knew, and our legislators understand, that the 
hope, the strength, the very existence and perpetuity of our re- 
publican form of government depend upon the education of the 
citizens. 

We have already felt the dangers which beset it from the 
hordes of ignorant foreign immigration, which is trying to sieze 
the reins of government, and wrest from our grasp the control of 
those customs and ideals which have ever been dear to us. 



To the graduates of the class of '95 I have a special message. 

This is your day and occasion. This audience is here to do 
you honor, and to offer you congratulations. I am pleased to 
offer you mine also, and to wish you complete joy, for it brings 
to my mind similar events in my own experience. This occasion 
is all the pleasanter to me because, somehow, I feel as if I were 
a part of it. 

You have completed the first epoch of your life's history. 
However insignificant the affairs of this night may appear in com- 
parison with what may follow in after years, you will never for- 
get this occasion, even though your future career be filled with 
brilliant and abounding success, or your years be lengthened out 
f ir beyond the time allotted for man to live. 

I would have you enjoy these honors to the fullest extent, 
because they can never be repeated in such fulness and sincerity 
of youth. 

But I would not have you magnify them beyond their real 



TOWN OF ACTON. 3| 

significance. They mean that, thus far, you have done well, but 
beyond the present, they offer no guarantee for the future. Thus 
far you have had the uplifting hand of father and mother, and 
perhaps brothers and sisters, but, as you go onward you are likely 
to be thrown more and more upon your own resources and 
strength. 

You must not feel that you have got very far toward a com- 
plete education. This is the work of a lifetime. Even a college 
course but puts you firmer on your feet and makes the race easier. 
The library and experience with men and with the world are the 
schools which are to expand your lives for greatest usefulness and 
happiness. Your course thus far has been but a preparation for 
this broader career. 

The question now confronting you is, " What are you to do 
next ?" and it is a momentous question, for, on the decision you 
make may depend your future success and happiness. 

Probably some of you will continue your studies in some 
higher institution of learning, (I would that you all might do so), 
in which case the decision might be deferred, knowing that, what- 
ever it be, you are pursuing just the course to realize any reason- 
able expectations. 

But you cannot begin too soon to think over what is to be 
your life-work, and to choose that which accords most with your 
natural tastes and desires. When you have chosen, exercise great 
determination and push, and events will shape themselves so as 
to aid you. Fortune helps those who help themselves. 

I trust you have ambition to excel in something. It matters 
little what your avocation may be, provided you make the most 
of yourselves in it. The danger lies in having no fixed ideas of 
your own, and, like Micawber, " waiting for something to turn up." 

There is as good chance for distinction in the occupation of 
farming as in any other, provided you bring to bear in your man- 
agement of its affairs the same intellectual force you would have 
to exercise for successful competition in business. 

The honors and distinctions in the professions, which once 
were the exclusive privilege of men, are now, happily, open to 
women also. 

You are born in an age of great events and of great activity. 
Men live at a rapid rate, burning the candle at both ends. They 



88 SCHOOL REPORT 

push and crowd to the front in mad career to be rich. But this 
is not the greatest nor the best ambition you can have, nor does 
it lead to the greatest happiness. It is far better to choose some 
congenial occupation early in life, stick to it through thick and 
thin, give it your best thought and strength, for- competency is 
sure to follow without making it the chief aim. The secret of 
wealth lies not in rapid gains, but in saving. Fifty cents saved 
every day of your lives and wisely invested, will place you above 
want in old age. 

The greatest essential to success in life is honesty, — the es- 
tablishment of a good name which the world will be bound to re- 
spect. At first thought this seems an easy thing to accomplish, 
but, in all my experience with men, I have found it a difficult 
task. To be thoroughly honest is not only to do what is right, 
but to defend the right in all places and under all circumstances. 
To. be able to say no, at the risk of displeasing a friend or when 
it runs counter to public opinion, even though you know it is the 
proper thing to do, — this requires a moral courage which many do 
not possess. 

Socrates was such a man. Although poor and in rags, and 
living in a great city on fifty dollars a year, he stood for princi- 
ple, for truth and righteousness, in a brilliant though corrupt age, 
when it cost something to be honest. He was a great scholar, 
able to meet in debate the most learned men of ancient Greece in 
her proudest days of glory. He saw through their sophistries 
and false logic, and turned their reasoning into absurdities, for 
which he was condemned to die. Scarcely had he drank the fatal 
hemlock, when the citizens of Athens, realizing what they had 
done and what they had lost, began to feel the twinges of con- 
science. They hastened to erect a costly monument over his 
grave, thus showing that honesty will not suffer long without its 
reward. 

The name of Socrates has stood out boldly in history for 
nearly twenty-five hundred years as an example of one of the 
greatest and best men that ever lived. 

As we read the history of the world from earliest date to the 
present time, we find that the men who command our greatest ad- 
miration and respect, whom we would like most to pattern in our 



TOWN OF ACTON. 89 

own lives, were men of principle rather than men occupying high 
stations. 

Finally, let me entreat you always to think well and speak 
well of your alma mater and your native town. Both enjoy a 
good name, and if you can do nothing to increase their lustre, see 
to it that you do nothing to tarnish it. 



To parents I have a word to add. 

There was once a lady of distinction living in Rome, who 
was very rich. While calling on another illustrious matron 
named Cornelia, she took occasion to display the diamonds and 
jewels she possessed. She then requested Cornelia to permit her 
to see her jewels. This eminent woman contrived to turn the 
conversation to another subject till her sons returned from one of 
the public schools. Then she introduced them, saying, " These 
are my jewels." 

In a like manner I might say, " These graduates are your 
jewels." 

There is implanted in the human breast a strong love for our 
children. This has been true in all ages. 

I cannot refrain from the reference to another Roman matron 
which affords a most beautiful illustration of this love. 

This mother lived in Pompeii, and at the time of the erup- 
tion of Vesuvius, near the commencement of the Christian era. 
It was a beautiful city, lying at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius, the 
fashionable resort of the wealthy Romans, and noted for its costly 
comforts and indulgences, its gardens, and public amusements. 
You know that it was a wicked city, for history so informs us. 

In that awful moment when, without warning, the mountain 
was shooting up flames of fire, with smoke and ashes, the ground 
trembling, a woman in her fright started to run to the open coun- 
try with her child, for safety. As she ran along the street the 
mountain was pouring forth boiling mud which, running down the 
mountain side, quickly overtook her, when she was overcome and 
thrown to the ground. But her brave heart, her high courage 
rose to the occasion. As she sank into the scalding mud she 
grasped her babe's dress with her left hand and held it aloft so 
that the babe should be above the scalding mass. Another mo- 



90 SCHOOL REPORT 

ment, and out of that lurid sky fell millions of tons of ashes, and 
the mother, and babe, and city were firmly embedded many feet 
beneath the new surface. There for eighteen hundred years they 
remained. 

A few years ago they were unburied. Hollow in the ashes 
still stood erect that arm above the mud — a hollow, that was all. 
The flesh and bones were gone. Only ashes, solid as a rock, sur- 
rounded it. 

In those ashes were shaped the hollow where the arm had 
been, and above the arm still stood the mould of the baby's body. 
There it was found. Some lime was poured into it, a cast was 
made, and the cast is now preserved in the British Museum, a 
memorial to this Roman mother's love. 

This incident is but an exemplification of what every mother 
would do for her child, under similar circumstances. 

We all know from experience how natural it is for us to plan 
so that our children shall have a little better chance in the world 
than we had. This is especially true as regards their education. 
• In my college days, full three-fourths of my classmates came- 
from the farms of Xew England — from homes where it meant 
sacrifice and privation to meet the necessary expenses. I have 
in my library at home a large volume, of which I think a great 
deal. It contains some three or four hundred photographs, eight 
by ten, of statesmen who have reached distinction during the past 
thirty or forty years. It presents the faces and names of men 
familiar to us by their renown, whose deeds have often been re- 
corded in the newspapers. On the page opposite each photograph 
is a brief biographical sketch of the man, and as I have read 
them 1 have been surprised at the number who sprang from hum- 
ble country homes, and whose education was acquired under cir- 
ca instances of considerable privation. 

I believe you are fond of quoting the saying that "Acton 
furnished the men while Concord furnished the ground," in the 
fight of April 19, 1775. In a much larger sense may we say that 
the country towns furnish the men of brains, while the cities fur- 
nish the opportunities for them to expand and reach their full 
stature. 

If the country schools were as well equipped with appliances 
as are the city schools, they would outrank them in many re- 



TOWN OF ACTON. 91 

specfcs. I have never regretted that I was born in the country, 
although I must confess that I have at times experienced the 
lack of logical training in youth, so essential to a complete edu- 
cation. I have always had a great deal of sympathy for the 
school children of our cities, whose playground is the narrow and 
often crowded street, and whose opportunities for contact with 
nature, and for expansion in every direction are reduced to a 
minimum. Asa rule the children who enter the city schools di- 
rect from the country towns, although deficient in some of the 
essentials of training, generally show a scope of mind which en- 
ables them to make rapid strides, as soon as they get a fair start. 

You have built good school-houses, and, I doubt not you em- 
ploy the best teachers. Do you look into the schoolroom often 
enough to assure yourselves on this point ? Nothing encourages 
the teachers more, or makes them more faithful, than for you to 
see and appreciate what they are doing. 

It is sometimes the case that parents will stand aloof and 
criticise the management of the schools, when a closer acquaint- 
ance and intimacy would assure them that everything was as it 
should be. The school committee, who are supposed to be al- 
ways in sympathetic touch with the needs of the schools, are not 
unfrequently blamed for attending to their duties too conscien- 
tiously. 

Again, the child comes home from school and begins to show 
forth his newly acquired knowledge. The parents listen, and are 
not quite satisfied. Somehow things are different from what 
they used to be when they went to school, and therefore they be- 
gin to find fault, forgetting that the world is moving onward, and 
that the schools must change their methods of teaching if they 
are to keep pace' with the swiftly advancing tide of improve- 
ments. 

Parents have occasionally said to me, "You do not do the 
problems in arithmetic in the same way they used to do them 
when I went to school, for whenever I try to assist my boy at 
home he says, ' that isn't right, the teacher doesn't allow us to do 
them that way.' " 

I sometimes hear the complaint, (not in recent years, how- 
ever), "My child has been to school several weeks and has not 



92 SCHOOL REPORT 

been allowed to use a book once." Also, " My child has been 
taught to read before learning the alphabet." 

In reply I would say, " I think you will find everything all 
rig! it. We do not teach school in just the way in which you 
have been the most familiar. Wait awhile and see how things 
come out." 

It is better, I think, to assume that the teacher is in the 
right until we are fully assured that she is in the wrong, and then 
speak with her. 

So, too, in matters of discipline, before entering complaint, 
look into the schoolroom, talk with the teacher, and be sure you 
have a just cause. I venture the assertion that not one person in 
one hundred could exercise the patience and the discretion which 
the trained teacher is called upon to use every day she teaches 
school. 

Allow me to state also that it is my candid belief, from long 
experience, that the children in our best schools of to-day acquire 
more real and practical knowledge in the first three years of their 
school lives than they obtained in five years, thirty years ago. 

You have a good high school, (and I am told, a good princi- 
pal, too), which you support freely and generously, even at some 
sacrifice. Do you look in upon it occasionally to see that you are 
getting what you are paying for ? Do you give it a chance to do 
its best ? How about the appliances and books of reference. In 
what condition is the laboratory, physical and chemical ? Is 
there opportunity for individual experiments, or must each pupil 
depend upon the text-books and the experiments of the teacher ? 
If so, your children are losing three-fourths of the value of their 
science instruction, and, in this respect, are no better off than the 
students of thirty years ago. 

Science is now ranked as among the most useful and practi- 
cal of all the studies. I said a moment ago to the graduates that 
they were born in an age of great events. I heard a great deal 
in my youth of the seven great wonders of the world. We do 
not hear so much about them now-a-days, for they are not to be 
compared with the wonders of this clay and generation. 

As I have stood on the Brooklyn bridge, stretched in mid-air 
across the East River, and viewed its myriads of cables, large and 
small, its mass of humanity, its teams of traffic, and the swiftly 



TOWN OF ACTON. 93 

moving cable cars, the Colossus of Rhodes, or the pyramids and 
the sphynx of Egypt sank into insignificance in comparison. 
Scarcely less wonderful are the intricacies of the modern printing 
press as represented in the rooms of a large daily newspaper, 
where, as by magic, the type is set, an electrotype taken, the pa- 
pers printed, cut, folded and counted, and the type distributed 
again, by automatic process, and all with a rapidity and precision 
that is indeed marvelous. 

The electric railwa}^ and other appliances of electricity are 
wonders too great for comprehension. The m}'sterious power 
which moves the wheels is likewise an instrument of instant 
death unless harnessed aright. We stand amazed before that 
knowledge which is able to harness it with even greater safety 
than we harness the horse, and make it subservient to man in so 
many ways. Nor does wonder cease when we contemplate that, 
whereas one to two thousand volts are sufficient to kill a man in- 
stantly, a shock of fifty thousand volts may be received with ab- 
solute immunity from danger. 

The study of science makes it possible for the boy or girl to 
have a part in-shaping these great events, but in order that it may 
become of the greatest practical importance, there must be appara- 
tus sufficient for each pupil to operate for himself, and an ade- 
quate teaching force. One teacher can hardly fill the chairs of 
science, literature, and the classics. 

Our modern teaching expects the individual to do things 
himself as soon as lie comes to school, for it is the only way to 
make him think, self reliant and original. To this end we sur- 
round him with such influences and appliances as will lead him 
to observe, compare, and draw conclusions. He begins his lessons 
in science soon after his first lessons in reading, and holds to 
them throughout his entire course. 

This principle we attempt to apply to every branch of learn- 
ing, so far as we can. The science of grammar with its rules for 
parsing now gives place, very largely, to practice in writing and 
speaking good English, and to an acquaintance with the litera- 
ture of our best authors. 

The study of geography is the last to be severed from the 
traditions of the past, and I found it one of the most difficult 



94 SCHOOL REPORT 

tasks I ever undertook. The same old form of recitation, of mem- 
orizing text, locating cities, and map drawing prevail in nine- 
tenths of the schools of the country. But there is a movement on 
foot to put even this subject ou the laboratory plan. The correct 
principle in all teaching is to sse that the child has clear ideas of 
things themselves, that he makes the symbols for himself, and 
that he uses these symbols in acquiring new knowledge. 

The children of my city now take their first lesson in geogra- 
phy out-doors. There they learn from direct observation what 
hill is, the slope of a hill, water-parting, valley, river, basin, plain, 
ocean, etc., etc. They study the whole topography of Chelsea, 
mould it with sand on tables provided for the purpose, make a 
map of it, putting in the proper shade lines and contours for hills, 
and indicate the action of water which falls in the form of rain 
and snow. They are taught the uses of the wind vane anl ther- 
mometer, and the effect of winds, heat and cold, thus forming at the 
start habits of observing correctly, and stating correctly the facts 
observed. This is made the basis of their future knowledge of 
the world, which is tre.itea as the special home of man and the 
environment- in which his development takes place. 

Such kind of teaching requires a great deal of apparatus in 
the way of maps, charts, globes, photographs, pictures, models, 
etc. The ordinary flat wall maps were found to be of little use, 
because they represented so little that was intelligible to children. 
We therefore obtained from YV. E. Howell, of Washington, D.C., 
a model of Massachusetts which gave, in bird's-eye view, a per- 
fect representation of the topography of the state, in raised sur. 
face, showing the hills, mountains, valleys, rivers, etc., as they 
exist, which well supplemented the study of Chelsea. 

The next step would have been to obtain a model of the 
United States, but as this is very expensive, we sent abroad and 
obtained a set of wall maps which had the proper shading and 
slope lines, which the children had been taught to interpret. 
Take, for instance, the country of Switzerland : its topography 
(which you know to be very mountainous), is as surely, though 
not as clearly, shown as that from the model of Massachusetts. 
The rivers and lakes are seen at a glance, and could be located 
and even drawn from the shading. They see that the banks of 
the Khone are high ami steep, extending up the sides of raoim- 



TOWN OF ACTON. 95 

tains. From facts learned about Chelsea, (they have observed 
the water running down the streets in heavy rain storms, and 
have been taught the different kinds of soil, and common miner- 
als,) they are easily led to understand that a large amount of soil 
is annually washed down the slopes into the river, and deposited 
along the banks where the valley stretches out, and some is car- 
ried into Lake Geneva; that thus, near its mouth, a large plain 
was formed which made possible the beautiful city of Geneva. 
The lake itself is noted for its great depth aud transparency. 

They learn that the silt which the water washes into the 
river is full of bits of mica, and that it is the mica which gives 
the lake its peculiar transparency. Pictures and photographs of 
the region, showing the mountains, river, city, men and their cus- 
toms, all make an impression on the mind which it is not easy to 
eradicate. It is the next thing to an actual journey of investi- 
gation. 

How much more real and practical is such instruction than 
the old method of recitation, such as, " The River Rhone rises in 
among the Alps Mountains, flows in a southwesterly direction, 
and empties into the Mediterranean Sea," and there leaves the 
matter. 

This is only one phase of a very great subject, which I have 
allowed myself to dwell upon at some length in order to show 
the great value of proper appliances to help the children compete 
successfully with the world as they will find it. 

A little money expended judiciously for apparatus will go a 
great way. The superintendent whom you have chosen to give 
value and practicability to the instruction in your schools, is well 
posted as to their greatest needs, and allow me to urge you to en- 
courage him in his work by adopting his suggestions, as far as 
you feel that you can .afford it. 

I am not unmindful of the limitations of the country towns 
where there is no great amount of wealth, nor of the fact that 
you have already made immense strides in advance of where you 
were a few years ago. 

The state ought, by right, come to the aid of the country 

towns, and 1 believe she will before long. California has solved 

this phase of the problem by providing for the entire support? 

doing it cheerfully and generously, and Pennsylvania has ap- 



96 SCHOOL REPORT 

proached it by appropriating $5,500,000 yearly. She has appro- 
priated more for education in the past six years than in the pre- 
ceding fifty years. 

Centralizing the schools is now considered to be the greatest 
advance in recent years. By this plan all the pupils are conveyed 
by carriage, at public expense, to the central village. There are 
in Massachusetts one hundred and seventy-eight towns in which 
the pupils are so conveyed, and at an expense of over fifty thou- 
sand dollars. 

It is claimed that by this means it is possible to have a first 
class system of graded schools, with best appliances ; that there 
is a saving of expense ; that the attendance is greatly improved 
and that tardiness is entirely overcome. Whether this arrange- 
ment is best for Acton has doubtless been brought to your attention. 

The town of Kevere finds it for her interest, financially and 
educationally, to send her high school pupils to the Chelsea high 
school, some sixty or more, paying a tuition of sixty-five dollars 
each per annum, or about four thousand dollars in all. 

You have all heard more or less about " The Little Eed 
School house." It has been sung in song, made the battle-cry for 
inspiring patriotism, and is even used for advertising schemes. 
Except as it is used as the symbol for the public school — the 
country towns perhaps being considered as presenting the best 
type of true Americanism — it has no significance. Inevery other 
respect the red school house is a myth, or at most but a sentiment. 
The red school houses of my boyhood days, or as they may be seen 
at the present day scattered along the highways of the more rural 
sections of Xew England, are cheerless and comfortless, within 
and without, with nothing neat or attractive, or aught about them 
to inspire aesthetic taste or high ideal>. 

Pjople may go into ecstacies, if they choose, about the old- 
fasliioned houses and furniture of our great-grandfathers, but as 
for me, I prefer the luxurious comfort of modern things. Life at 
best is but a struggle, and full of hardships, requiring a full third 
of the span for a preparation for the active duties of the remain- 
der. Let us shorten the time of preparation as much as we can 
by increasing the facilities, in the hope and expectation of making 
the harvest-time one of increased usefulness, prosperity, and hap- 
piness. 



TOWN WARRANT. 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Middlesex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in the County of 
Middlesex, Greeting : 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts, to notify the inhabitants of the town of Acton, 
qualified to vote in elections and town affairs, to assemble in the 
Town Hall, in said town, on Monday, the Sixth Day of April, 
A. D., 1896, at nine o'clock a. m., then and there to act upon the 
following articles as they may think proper, viz : 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said 
meeting. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will accept the reports of the 
Selectmen, Overseers of Poor, School Committee, and other town 
officers. 

Art. 3. To choose all necessary town officers and commit- 
ties, and fix salaries. 

Art. 4. To see if the town will accept of the jury list as 
revised by the selectmen. 

Art. 5. To see if the town will vote to sell the school house 
in the south-east part of the town, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 6. To see if the town will authorize the treasurer, 
with the approval of the selectmen, to borrow money for the town, 
if necessary, in anticipation of the taxes for the current year. 

Art. 7. To see if the town will accept the endowment of 
the Acton Memorial Library by the Hon. William A. Wilde with 
the conditions attached, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 8. To see if the town will vote to sell the Town Farm, 
or act anything thereon. 

Art. 9. To see if the town will vote to buy another farm 
for the care of the poor. 

Art. 10. To see if the town will vote to lay out $500 for 
repairs on town farm buildings. 



y« TOWN WARRAWT 

Art. 11. To see if the town will vote to discontinue all the 
pieces of roads in front of Livermore Bros.' House south of 
Lowell road except the one leading to the town farm road, or act 
anything thereon. 

Art. 12. To see if the town will vote to straighten and 
repair the road leading from the Puffer Place ( so called) to the 
Acton road as petitioned to and laid out by the Eoad Commis- 
sioners. 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
for the repairing of roads and bridges the present year. 

Art. 14. To see if the town will raise the sum of $500 for 
the repair of the highway between the houses of Patrick O'Neil 
in East Acton and Anson Piper in South Acton, or take any 
action thereon. 

• Art. 15. To see if the town will allow a discount on taxes 
paid on or before Nov. 1, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 16. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Art. 17. To hear and act upon the report of any committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. 

Art. 18. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
for the support of schools the present year, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 19. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
for school supplies the present year. 

Art. 20. To see if the town will maintain street lamps the 

present year, or act anything thereon. , 

J 
Art. 21. To vote " Yes '^ or " No " in answer to the question, 

i; Shall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in 

the town the present year ? " 

Art. 22. To see if the town will appropiate a sum of money 
for the enforcement of the liquor law. 

Art. 23. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the due observance of Memorial Day, or act anything 
thereon. 

Art. 21. To see what action the town will take in refeience 
bo tramps. 



TOWN WARRANT. 99 

Art. 25. To see if the town will vote to build a piece of 
road from the road leading from West Acton to Stow at a point 
near the residence of Levi W. Stevens, past A. F. Blanchard's 
new houses to the road leading from the Leland place to the 
Boxboro road, as petitioned to and laid out by the Road Com- 
missioners, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 26. To see if the town will vote to build a piece of 
road from the road leading from West to South Acton at a point 
nearly opposite Hall Bros.' Mill, to the new road near the residence 
of John Vose, as petitioned to and laid out by the Road Com- 
missioners, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 27. To see if the town will vote to buy a stone crusher, 
or act anything thereon. 

Art. 28. To see what amount of money the town raise to 
defray town charges the present year. 

Art. 29. To see if the town will vote to repair and paint 
the inside of the Town Hall, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 30. To see if the town will vote to enlarge the school 
grounds in South Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 31. To see if the town will raise the sum of $200 to 
repair the road leading from South Acton, past the residence of 
W. S. Warren to Fletcher corner, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 32. To see if the town will raise the sum of $250 to 
repair the road from the residence of E. H. Cutler to the turn- 
pike road, or act anything thereon. 

And you are hereby directed to serve this warrant by posting 
up copies attested by you in the following places: One in each of 
the Post Offices in the town, one at each of the Bailroad 
Stations in the town, one in each of the stores of Tuttles, Jones 
& Wetherbee, M. E. Taylor & Co., H. A. Littleneld, C. H. Mead 
& Co., one at the Magog House and one in the office of F. J. 
Hastings & Co., seven days at least before the time appointed for 
holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with 



100 TOWN WARRANT. 

your doings thereon, to the Selectmen or Town Clerk, on or 
before the time for holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands in Acton this eighteenth day of 
March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and 
ninety-six. 

E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
DANIEL J. WETHERBEE, 
ISAIAH HUTCH1NS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON, MASS., 



FROM 



HARCH 12, 1896, TO HARCH 12, 1897, 

TOGETHER WITH THE 

SCHOOL REPORT. 




ACTON, MASS.: 

THE ENTERPRISE PRINTING COMPANY. 
l897- 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON. MASS. 



FROM 



ilARCH 12, 1896, TO HARCH 12, 1897, 

TOGETHER WITH THE 

SCHOOL report; 







ACTON, MASS. : 

THE ENTERPRISE PRINTING COMPANY. 
IS97. 



Town Officers = 1896, 



Town Clerk. 
Horace F. Tuttle. 

Treasurer. 
Jonathan K. W. Wetherbee. 

Selectmen. 
E. Faulkner Conant. Daniel J. Wetherbee. 



Anson C. Piper. 
Lyman Tuttle. 



• Assessors. 
James B. Tuttle. 
Overseers of the Poor. 
Edwin C. Parker. 



Isaiah Hutchins. 

Win. F. Stevens. 
Moses A. Reed. 



Collector of Taxes. 

Win. F. Stevens. 

Road Commissioners. 

Wm. Kingsley, 3 years. Nahum Littlefield, 2 years. 

Herman A. Gould, 1 year. 

Auditor. 
Hiram J. Hapgood. 

School Committee. 

Charles J. Williams, 3 years. Isaiah Hutchins, 2 years. 

F. A. Houston, 1 year. Horace F. Tuttle, 1 year. 



James Kingsley. 



Constables. 
Edwin A. Phalen. 
Reuben L. Reed. 



Wm. F. Stevens. 



4 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Cemetery Committee. 
John Fletcher. Levi W. Stevens. Horace F. Tuttle. 

Fence Vieivers . 
Daniel H. Farrar. Eeuben L. Reed. 

Surveyors of Wood, Lumber, Etc. 

Edward F. Richardson. Jonathan P. Fletcher. 

Herbert T. Clark. Edgar H. Hall. 

Registrars of Voters. 

Julian Tuttle, 3 years. Frank H. Whitcomb. James McGreen. 

Horace F. Tuttle, Clerk. 

Trustees of Memorial Library. 

Luther Conant. Moses Taylor. Adelbert Mead. 

Daniel J. Wetherbee. Delette H. Hall. Hiram J. Hapgood. 

Chosen by the Town — 

Chas. J. Williams, 3 years. Wm, D. Tuttle, 2 years. 

L. A. Hesselton, 1 year. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Treasurer's Report. 



TOWN OF ACTON, in account with J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer. 

1897. Dr. 

March 12. To cash paid, State tax, $1,050 00 

" " County tax, 1,506 17 
" " on Selectmen's 

orders, 29,355 31 

Balance due the town, 847 90 



$32,759 38 



1896 Cr. 

March 12. By balance in the treasury, $631 65 

Eeceived from First National bank of Ayer, 

borrowed money, 5,000 00 

Howard B. White, admr., borrowed 

money, 3,000 00 

Arthur F. Blanchard, lie. to slaughter, 1 00 
James Hill, license to slaughter, 1 00 

Horace F. Tuttle, on account of su- 
pervision of schools, 375 00 
Asaph Parlin, guardian, board of 

Annie U. Parlin at hospital, 162 03 

State Treasurer, for inspection of 

animals, 20 00 



D ANNUAL RRPORTS 

Rec'd, State Treasurer, corporation tax, $760 01 
" " National bank tax, 257 88 

'■' '• Military aid, chap. 

270, acts 1880, 116 25 
" " State aid, chap. 301, 

acts 1880, 555 00 

" " income Mass. School 

fund, 262 58 

Mrs. Leland, tuition at Centre school, 

one term, 6 00 

Lyman Tuttle, storage at Centre 

school house, 2 00 

Geo. G. Keith, stoves from South 

school house, 24 00 

Samuel Jones, Jr., school house and 

land in south-east district, 126 50 

County Treasurer on acct. dog tax, 194 94 
J. Devane, for road cleanings, 7 50 

Lyman Tuttle, 5 cows sold from town 

farm, 164 50 

Lyman Tuttle, apples sold, town farm, 276 07 

" " horse " " " 75 00 

" " milk " " " 874 16 

" " wood " " " 45 25 

" " pork " " " 17 45 

" " calves '• " " 8 25 

" " potatoes « " " 1 50 

u it eo"gs " " il 1 24 

" old iron " " lt 1 12 

John Fletcher, lots sold in Woodlawn 

cemetery, 30 00 

Levi W. Stevens, lots sold in Mount 

Hope cemetery, 80 00 

D. H. Gordon, for old hearse, 8 00 

Town of Boxboro, tuition High school, 104 00 
Town of Stow, services of constable 

and lawyer in Tuttle case, 15 58 



TOWN OF ACTOX. < 

Rec'd, Charles Brown, board of Mrs. Abram 

Brown, $56 00 

Interest on Wilde Memorial Library 

fund, 80 00 

Rent of Town Hall and cellar, 95 50 

C. J. Williams, 13 microseopes sold 

pupils, 5 20 

C. J. Williams, 8 French dictionaries 

sold pupils, 4 00 

J. W. Henderson, stove at south-east 

school house, 1 00 

Acton Memorial library, fines, 16 00 

Wm.F.Stevens,collect'gtaxes,1894, 2 00 

" 1895, 1,282 29 

" 1896,17,951 65 

Interest on money in bank, 60 28 

~~ $32,759 38 

J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



Treasurer's Report of Money Held for Care of Lots in 

Cemeteries. 

1897. Dr. 

March. To Hepsabeth Piper fund, $50 00 

Frederick Rouillard fund, 100 00 

William W. Davis fund, 100 00 

Jedediah Tuttle fund, 50 00 

Nancy K. Handley fund, 500 00 

Mary Skinner fund, 200 00 

Eliza A. Whitcomb fund, 75 00 

Cash rec'd from town, care of lots, 73 64 

™ $1,148 64 



annual reports 

Cr. 
By cash paid — 

Julian Tuttle, care Handley lot, $53 39 
" " " Piper lot, 2 50 

" " " Tuttle lot, 2 50 

" " " Skinner lot, 3 00 

" " " Eouillard lot, 7 25 

Mrs. W. W. Davis, care Davis lot, 5 00 
Balance in treasury, 1,075 00 

" $1,148 64 
J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



Report of Wilde Memorial Library Fund. 
1897. Dr. 

March 12. To cash deposited in North End 

Savings bank, $1,000 00 

To cash deposited in Middlesex 

Ins. for Savings, 1,000 00 

To cash deposited in Home Sav- 
ings bank, 1,000 00 
To cash deposited in Charlestown 

Five Cents Savings bank, 1,000 00 

To cash deposited in Warren In- 
stitution for Savings, 1,000 00 
To cash rec'd for int. on deposits, 80 00 

$5,080 00 
Cr. 
By cash paid Trustees, $80 00 

Balance, 5,000 00 

" $5,080 00 
J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



I have examined the reports of the Treasurer and find them 
correct. 

HIRAM J. HAPGOOD, 

Auditor of the Town of Acton. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Selectmen's Report, 



Citizens of Acton : 

We respectfully submit to you our annual report and recom- 



mendations for the present year. 






For State tax, 




$1,000 00 


County tax, 




1,300 00 


Memorial library, 




600 00 


Schools, 




4,700 00 


School supplies, 




475 00 


Transportation S. E. school pupils, 




270 00 


Scientific apparatus, 




125 00 


Roads and bridges, 




2,700 00 


Overlayings, 




300 00 


Town charges the following : 






For Miscellaneous expenses, 


$1,800 00 




Town officers, 


1,400 00 




Support of poor, 


1,400 00 




Kepairs on town buildings, 


600 00 




Streets lamps, 


700 00 




Cemetery expenses, 


200 00 




Interest on debt, 


200 00 




Printing, 


150 00 




Soldiers' relief, 


50 00 








$6,500 00 



$17,970 00 
Following is the Financial Report : 



10 ANNUAL REPORTS 

SUPPOKT OF SCHOOLS. 

CENTRE SCHOOL. 

Paid Florence N. Day, teacher, 36 weeks, 

(Primary.) $360 00 

Susie E. Conant, teacher, 12 weeks, 

(Grammar,) 120 00 

Ida A. Hapgood, teacher, 12 weeks, 

(Grammar,) 120 00 

Helene J. Sloan, teacher, 12 weeks, 

(Grammar,) 
Nathan Johnson, janitor, 
Julian Tuttle, janitor, 
Julian Tuttle, cleaning, 
Nathan Johnson, cleaning, 
Charles Edwards, cord wood, 
E. Jones & Co., 11,115 lbs. coal, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., incidentals, 



120 


00 


20 00 


5C 


00 


o 


25 


1 


05 


4 


00 


32 


23 


3 95 



NORTH SCHOOL. 

Paid Lillian Richardson, teacher, 12 weeks, $120 00 
Ella L. Miller, teacher, 15 weeks, 105 00 

" " " 9 weeks, 

W. B. Harriman, janitor, 
Frank Pendergast, janitor, 

" " wood, 

W. B. Harriman, wood, 

" " cleaning room, 

E. Jones & Co., 4875 lbs. coal, 
" " 3160 lbs. coal, 

M. E. Taylor & Co., incidentals, 



72 00 


45 00 


9 00 


1 00 


7 00 


10 00 


15 60 


10 11 


1 03 



$833 48 



$395 74 



TOWN OF ACTON. 11 



EAST SCHOOL. 




Paid Ida A. Hapgood, teacher, 12 weeks, 


$120 00 


Mary F. Rich, teacher, 18 weeks, 


126 00 


Rose Standish, teacher, 6 weeks, 


60 00 


C. Moffat, janitor, 


7 00 


F. Davis, janitor, 


27 00 


F. J. Hastings & Co., 8000 lbs. coal, 


24 00 


James Hill, for cleaning room, 


2 25 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 1 brush, 


1 00 


" " 1 duster, 


89 


" " 1 dust pan. 


20 


M. E. Taylor & Co., incidentals, 


45 


SOUTH SCHOOL. 




Paid Hattie L. Tuttle, teacher, 36 weeks, 




(Grammar,) 


$360 00 


Lilla Keniston, teacher, 36 weeks, 




(Primary,) 


360 00 


C. L. Bradford, janitor, 


90 00 


F. J. Hastings & Co., 4032 lbs. coal, 


10 88 


" " 15420 lbs. coal, 


43 17 


" " 5470 lbs. coal, 


15 86 


C. L. Bradford, wood, 


8 25 


" " cleaning vault, 


1 00 


" " cleaning rooms, 


5 00 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 4 doz. 




screws, 


20 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 1 dipper, 


25 


" " 1 duster, 


35 


" " 1-2 dz. rings, 07 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 1 cushion, 


60 


" " cord, 


62 


" " polish, 


10 


" " 1 cushion, 


60 


" " 2 baskets, 


1 00 


" " polish, 


10 



$368 79 



$898 05 



12 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



WEST SCHOOL. 

Paid Albertie M. Preston, teacher, Grammar, 

12 weeks, $120 00 
Elizabeth Prindall, teacher, Grammar, 

5 weeks, 50 00 
Ada A. Coffman, teacher, Grammar, 

7 weeks, 70 00 
Ida A. Hapgood, teacher, Grammar, 12 

weeks, 120 00 
Harriet H. Gardner, teacher, Primary 

36 weeks, 360 00 

Thomas Scanlon, janitor, 77 00 

" " cleaning, 8 00 

" " wood, 4 00 

Mrs. Ida Conant, cleaning, 3 00 

E. C. Parker, & Co., coal, 63 32 



HIGH SCHOOL. 

Paid W. A. Charles, Principal, $1,000 

M. Florence Fletcher, assistant, 450 

C. L. Bradford, janitor, 90 

P. J. Hastings & Co., 4033 lbs. coal, 10 

" " 15420 lbs. coal, 43 

" " 5470 lbs. coal, 15 

C. L. Bradford, cleaning rooms, 5 

" " " vault, 1 

" " wood, 8 

C. J. Williams, for tuning piano, 2 

P. I. Ordway, orchestra, 12 

A. L. Noyes, entertaining orchestra, 5 

J. L. Hammett Co., engrossing diplomas, 4 

De Wolfe, Piske & Co., 2 books, 3 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 10 yds. ribbon, 1 

" " 2 boxes, 

" " 1 duster, 

" " 1 thermometer, 

" " oil, 

" " 8 yd. sticks, 1 



00 
00 
00 
89 
18 
87 
00 
00 
75 
00 
56 
00 
55 
00 
98 
20 
37 
17 
12 
33 



$1,655 97 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



13 



SCHOOL SUPPLIES. 



Paid University Publishing Co., 


$ 9 12 


J. L. Hammett Co., 


217 62 


Ginn & Co., 


42 42 


D. C. Heath & Co., 


35 09 


Silver, Burdett & Co., 


5 50 


American Book Co., 


35 76 


Educational Publishing Co., 


97 17 


Public School Printing Co., 


3 40 


De Wolfe, Fisk & Co., 


4 00 


J. E. Wales, 


39 30 


Wm. Ware & Co., 


2 50 


C. J. Williams, express, 


3 85 


N. C. Reed, express, 


4 10 



SCIENTIFIC APPARATUS. 



Paid Ziegler Electric Co., 


$36 50 


L. E. Knott Apparatus Co., 


33 00 


D. Appleton & Co., 


56 00 


Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 


3 80 


De Wolfe, Fiske & Co., 


15 89 


E. B. Collister, 


4 75 


C. J. Williams, 


4 60 



$499 83 



$154 45 



TRANSPORTATION OF SCHOLARS. 



Paid D. C. Harris, 1 term, 
J. W. Parsons, 1 term, 
John Maynes, 1 term, 
C. I. Miller, 3 terms, 
W. S. Jones, south-east scholars, 



$ 5 


00 


5 00 


5 


00 


15 


00 


227 


50 



$257 50 



14 ANNUAL REPORTS 

state a:n t d MILITAEY AID. 

Paid W. B. Ball, (Chap. 279, Acts 1889,) $182 50 

Luke Smith, (Chap. 301, Acts 1889, 1 yr., 48 00 

Mary Smith, « " 48 00 

Rebecca C. Wright, " « 48 00 

Sarah E. Handley, " " 48 00 

Eliza J. Shattuck, " " 48 00 

Phebe Wood, " " 48 00 

A. C. Handley, " 8 mo. 48 00 

Bridget Mawn, " 7 mo. 28 00 

Achsa Hanscom, " 8 mo. 32 00 

Geo. Handley, " 1 yr. 48 00 

Emma F. Blood, " 1 yr. 48 00 

Susan B. Winn, " 3 mo. 12 00 

Allen G. Smith, " 5 mo. 20 00 

' Addison B. Wheeler, " 1 yr. 52 00 

Maria Kingsley, " 5 mo. 20 00 

Lydia Handley, " 4 mo. 16 00 



MEMORIAL LIBRARY. 

FOR BOOKS AND MAGAZINES. 



'94 50 



Paid De Wolfe, Fiske & Co., 


$142 39 




Jordan, Marsh & Co., 


38 84 




Wm. A. Wilde & Co., 


71 36 




Perry, Mason & Co., 


1 75 




Wm. D. Tuttle, 


1 00 




Henry D. Koyes & Co., 


28 80 








$284 14 


Town appropriation, 


$200 00 




Interest from Wm. Wilde Fund, 


80 00 




Fines, 


16 00 








$296 00 


Balance unexpended, 




$11 86 



TOWN OF ACTON. 15 



RUNNING EXPENSES 

Paid 0. D. Wood, janitor, 
Ida Tuttle, librarian, 
Viola Tuttle, -librarian, 
D. A. Cutler, transporting books, 
Mass. Reformatory, printing, 
Courier Citizen Co., " 

F. J. Barnard, binding, 
J. R. Wales, binding, 
F. J. Hastings & Co., coal, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., incidentals, 
Wm. D. Tuttle, 



$101 


00 


47 


00 


55 


00 


51 


00 


12 


00 


3 


00 


17 


58 


19 


15 


36 


27 


17 


21 


4 


49 



LOANS. 
Paid First Nat. Bank of Ayer, note, $3,000 00 

" " " int. 67 50 

H. B. White, admr., 3,000 00 

" " 56 25 

J. A. Bowen, 1 yr. Int. on $1,000, note, 50 00 
F. H. Jones, 1 yr. Int. on $700, note, 35 00 

" " $600, note, 30 00 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, admr. Wm. Davis 

estate, 3 notes and interest to Mar. 7, 1,910 11 



STREET LAMPS. 

Paid Acton Center Improvement Society, 61, $165 92 
West Acton Street Lighting Associa- 
tion, 46, 125 12 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 3, 8 16 
A. Merriam, 2, 5 44 
Geo. R. Keyes, 5 44 
J. P. Fletcher, 5 44 
Henry Barker, 5 44 



$363 70 



$8,148 86 



16 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Paid Elmathan Jones, 1, 
H. J. Hapgood, 
Geo. W. Worster, 
W. S. Warren, 

E. I. Banks, 

F. Merriam, 
Francis Hosmer, 

C. S. Simonds, 
L. A. Hesselton, 

F. J. Hastings & Co., 
F. Z, Taylor, 
A. J. Fletcher, 
Mrs. M. E. Lothrope, 
Gardner Clark, 
Edwin Tarbell, 
Wm. F. Dessault, 
J. D. Moulton, 
L. S. Hosmer, 
F. A. Houston, 
I. F. Duren, 
S. A. Christie, 

D. C. Harris, 
Mrs. Geo. W.Gates, 
Mrs. Lottie Flagg, 
L. V. Clough, 

E. N. Bobbins, 
Albert Moulton, 
Anson C. Piper, 
A. H. Jones, 

Mrs. Lottie Tolman, 



$2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 72 


' 2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 12 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 72 


o 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 


2 


72 



CEMETERY EXPENSES. 

Paid Julian Tuttle, work in Woodlawn, $164 20 

John Fletcher, " « 8 27 

Geo. G. Keith, " " 4 25 

W. B. Holt, " « 1 10 



$402 56 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



17 



Paid Levi Stevens, work in Mt. Hope, 


$63 32 


Mrs. W. W. Davis, care of lot, 


5 00 


POOR ON FARM. 




Paid Moses Thompson, labor, 


$350 04 


" for fish, 


10 27 


" '• " mattress, 


2 00 


" " " stove, 


1 00 


" " " ladder, 


2 00 


" " " berries, 


1 00 


" " " repairing harness 


S5 


" " " corn, 


1 45 


" " " coffee, 


75 


" " " 2 pigs, 


10 00 


" " " labor, 


13 00 


W. H. Fargo, labor, 


10 00 


Chas. Colder, labor, 


18 90 


John Jacobs, labor, 


72 00 


John Smith, labor, 


12 00 


M. E. Taylor & Co., store bill, 


296 52 


W. E. Whitcomb & Co., meat bill, 


80 03 


E. C. Parker & Co., grain bill, 


246 96 


Luther Conant, 1 ton feed, 


15 00 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, store bill, 


114 70 


Otis H. Forbush, 2 cows, 


100 00 


Lyman Tuttle, barrels, 


45 00 


J. A. McPherson, blacksmith, 


22 01 


F. J. Barker, M. D., 


2 25 


J. B. Tuttle, 2 cows, 


96 00 


" " rake, 


18 00 


" " repairing machine, 


4 35 


James Hill, killing 2 hogs, 


2 50 


E. Jones & Co., coal, 


8 93 


C. H. Clark, repairing harness, 


1 45 


Lyman Tuttle, use of horse, 


4 50 


C. W. Livingston, soap, 


6 50 



$246 14 



$1,569 96 



18 ANNUAL REPORTS 

OUTSIDE POOR. 

Paid Abel Farrar, care of Eben Jones, 42 

weeks, $540 00 

Ayer Home care of May Kingsley, 45 75 

Worcester Insane Asylum, care of Clare 

AVheeler, 169 92 

Worcester Lunatic Hospital, care of 

Anna Parlin, 162 03 

Westboro Hospital, care of Mary 

Coughlin, 147 19 

Westboro Hospital, care of Mary B. 

Cram, 86 36 

Westboro Hospital, care of Frank 

Harris, 51 54 

Mass. Hospital, care of E. P. Hunt, 56 64 

• Lyman Tuttle, aid for Mrs. S. B. Winn, 27 50 
" " " Brown, 56 00 

L. Y. Clough, care of Frank Harris, 
City of Boston, aid for Hannah Stanton, 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, aid for 

Mrs. J. Quinlan, 
F. J. Barker, M. D., medical attendance 

on Eben Jones, 
F. J. Barker, M. D., medical attendance 

on Frank Harris, 
F. J. Barker, M. D., medical attendance 

on Mrs. S. B. Winn, 
F. J. Barker, M. D., medical attendance 

on J. McCarthy, 
F. J. Barker, M. D., medical attendance 
Dr. Isaiah Hutchins, medical attendance 

on Frank Ashler, 
Geo. E. Greenougb, wood for F. Nogle, 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, aid for 

F. Nogle, 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, aid for 

Weaver, 



12 00 


1 


63 


34 


12 


1 


00 


19 00 


40 


50 


75 00 


12 50 


3 


25 


4 


50 


39 


10 


4 


79 



TOWN OF ACTON. 19 



Paid A. H. Jones, aid for Nogle, 

Board of Health, Johnson case, 
E. Jones & Co., aid for F. Nogle, 

" " " J. McCarthy, 

Dr. F. U. Rich, medical attendance on 

Sam Weaver, 
0. S. Fowler, aid for Mrs. Trainor, 
Lyman Tuttle, expenses to Boston, 

" " " Cambridge, 

" " " Hudson 



$2 12 


21 47 


9 99 


13 57 


on 


3 75 


28 00 


6 25 


re, 2 50 


1 00 



,684 97 



REPAIRS OX TOWN BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS. 

Paid J. W. Henderson, farm, 

" " town pump, 

. hall, 
" " South schoolhouse, 

Warren Houghton, West schoolhouse, 
Francis Jones, West schoolhouse, 
" " South schoolhouse, 

a a a 

W. B. Harriman, North schoolhouse, 
Frank E. Harris, West schoolhouse, 

" « Hall, 

Moses A. Reed, farm, 
E. Jones & Co., farm, 



a 


a 


schoolhouse, 


a 


a 


hall, 


it 


a 


ladder house, 


Robert 


Wayne, " " 


it 


a 


farm, 


it 


a 


hall, 


O. D. Wood, 


hall, 


a 


a 


farm, 


a 


a 


Center schoolhouse, 


John S 


. Hoar, West schoolhouse, 



$17 


89 


11 


94 


24 


00 


9 


75 


15 


44 


1 


75 


178 


i o 


19 


37 


6 50 


23 


44 


6 


75 


6 


75 


154 


12 


13 53 


49 83 


11 


33 


5 


75 


54 


75 


18 50 


24 


38 


36 25 


8 57 


2 


37 



20 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Paid F. W. Billings, East schoolhouse, $2 25 

Wm. Coons, East schoolhouse, 1 00 

M. H. Warden, East school grounds, 5 00 

C. L. Bradford, South school grounds, 5 50 
W. B. Holt, West schoolhouse, 6 82 

" library, 1 50 

D. C. Lapham, East schoolhouse, 6 00 
Geo. G. Keith, " " 19 10 

" " Center schoolhouse, 16 06 

" « North " 8 70 

" Library, 5 50 

Chas. Pitman, hall, 1 15 

M. E. Taylor & Co., library, 3 51 

Wm. Kingsley, hall grounds, 

S. A. Guilford, West schoolhouse, 

H. T. Clark, 

Thos. Scanlon, " " 

Sam Jones Jr., South schoolhouse, 
" " ladder house, 

J. L. Hammett Co., schoolhouse, 

Tattles, Jones & W T etherbee, E. school- 
house, 

F. Pendergast, North schoolhouse, 

N. Littlefield, West school grounds, 

H. F. Tuttle, Centre schoolhouse, 



9 


73 




25 


7 


25 


1 


00 


8 80 


25 


00 


11 


73 


lOI- 


60 




35 


53 


86 


2 


15 



TOWN OFFICEKS. ■ 

Paid Horace Tuttle, clerk, $30 00 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, treasurer, 80 00. 

E. Faulkner Conant, selectman, 95 00 

Daniel J. Wetherbee, " 50 00 

Isaiah Hutchins, " 50 00 

James B. Tuttle, assessor, 53 00 

Anson C. Piper, " 30 00 

Wm. F. Stevens, " 30 00 



$907 56 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



21 



Paid Lyman Tuttle, overseer of poor. 
Moses A. Reed, " " 

Edwin C. Parker, " " 

H. F. Tuttle, registrar of voters, 
Julian Tuttle, " " 

James McGreen, " " 

F. H. Whitcomb, " " 

Chas. J. Williams, school committee, 
H. F. Tuttle, " " 

Isaiah Hutchins, " " 

F. A. Houston, " ■« 

H. F. Tuttle, election officer, 
L. C. Taylor, " " 

A. L. Noyes, " 

E. A. Phalen, " " 

H. J. Hapgood, " « 

Abram Tuttle, " < ; 

K J. Cole, 

T. F. Newton, " " 

C. H. Mead, " " 

C. B. Stone, « " 

W. L. Tenney, " " 

W. F. Kelly, « « 

Edward Dixon, Supt. of schools, 
Moses A. Reed, inspector of annimals, 

" " special police, 

R. L. Reed, constable, 
James Kingsley, constable, 
W. F. Stevens, " 

" " sealer weights and meas- 

ures, 
W. F. Stevens, collector in 1895, 
H. J. Hapgood, auditor, 



$50 00 

20 00 

20 00 

15 00 

12 00 

12 00 

12 00 

72 30 

17 51 

15 00 

12 50 

3 00 

3 00 

3 00 

3 00 

3 00 



3 00 
3 00 
3 00 
3 00 
3 00 
3 00 
3 00 
465 00 
85 64 

3 00 
42 64 

4 00 



5 00 
150 00 

6 00 



$1,479 34 



22 ANNUAL REPORTS 



PRINTING. 




Paid Enterprise Printing Co., reports, 


$103 75 


" " warrants, 


8 00 


" '- notices, 


4 00 


" " advertising, 


1 95 


Augustine Hosmer, notices, 


14 90 


Campbell & Hanscom, 100 poll tax lists 


, 7 00 


Lyman Tuttle, 


2 26 





u 


7 80 


(( 


5 65 


u 


13 35 


a 


12 18 


a 


2 75 


I a 


2 70 



ROADS AND BRIDGES. 
Paid Nathum Littlefield, labor, W. district, $958 93 
S. A. Guilford, blacksmith bill, W. dist., 4 57 
F. H. Whitcomb, 156 Id. grav. 
A. F. Blanchard, 133 " 
Jerry McCarthy, 267 " 
W. B. Holt, 58 ft. pipe, 
J. A. McPherson, blacksmith bill. 
E. Jones & Co., lumber and nails, 

H. A. Gould, labor, South district, 975 72 

W. F. Hale, blacksmith, " 8 00 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 144 ft. 

pipe, Soutl 

E. Jones & Co., lumber, spikes, 
John Temple, 
A. C. Piper, pipe, 
N. A. Davidson, 218 loads gravel 
American Powder Mills, labor, 



a, 



.. 



Wm. H. Kingsley, Center district 

S. A. Guilford, blacksmith bill, 

J. A. McPherson, " " 

E. Jones & Co., lumber, 

W. H. Kingsley, covering stones 



$141 S6 



1,007 93 



;rict, 29 25 




90 SS 




1 25 




4 00 




10 90 




6 00 






1,126 00 


ct, 931 91 




9 90 




7 66 




4 86 




6 00 






960 33 




$3,094 26 



TOWN OF ACTON. 23 

SOLDIER'S RELIEF. 

Paid City of Marlboro for W. F. B. Whitney, $6 00 
Dr. I. Hutchins, medical attendance 

Mrs. R. C. Wright, 65 62 

Dr. I. Hutchins, medical attendance 

Geo. Handley, 1 50 

$73 12 



MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES. 
Paid J. T. & R. E. Joslin, legal services, $163 65 
State Treasurer, corporation tax, 
Isaac Reed, West school land, 
Mrs. Violetta Gardner, West school land, 
Geo. P. Davis, court fees, 
R. L. Reed, " " 

Wm. Craig, " " 

Joseph Smith, " " 
E. A. Phalen, " « 
Nahum Littlefield, A. F. Blanchard road, 
Wm. H. Kingsley, '• " " 

H. A. Gould, " " 

E. Jones & Co., " " " 

Samuel Guilford, " " " 

E. Jones, " ■< " 

J. D. Coburn, land damage, " " 

D. J. Wetherbee, snsurance on library, 
Edward Dixon, expenses, 

" " stationery and postage, 

C. J.Williams, expense telephone, postage, 

" " book case, High school, 

N. Littlefield, breaking out roads, 

E. H. Whitcomb, " 
I. S. Ford, 

A. C. Piper, " 

James Cole, " 

W. H. Kingsley, " 



5 


39 


475 00 


46 


15 


5 


86 


6 80 


27 


21 


5 


58 


4 83 


230 59 


232 


38 


197 


75 


10 


11 


15 


75 


3 00 


60 00 


78 


75 


8 


32 


14 


46 


, 6 90 


5 


40 


18 85 


6 


00 


10 


73 


7 


70 


3 


25 


9 


37 



24 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Paid Isaac Davis Post, G.A.B. 

J. S. Hoar, making plan school house, 
A. L. Noyes, spraying trees on common, 

0. D. Wood, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., " " 

a a 

« « hall, 

1. F. Duren, 32 burials, 
" " 27 returns of deaths, 
" " straps for hearse, 

W. F. Stevens, discount on taxes, 

" " abatement " 

" " blanks, 

E. F. Conant, expenses, 
James Kingsley, use of road, 
. C. L. Bradford, repairing clock, 

" '' attending meetings, 

" " packing books, 

J. Breck & Son, rep. lown mower, 
Irving W. Wheeler & Co., flag formonum't, 14 85 

gilt ball, 1 25 

J. W. Henderson, fire pot, 1 25 

Boston Globe, advertising farm, 7 20 

John Fletcher, flags for graves, 2 50 

" " 1 sign boord, 1 75 
A. P. Walcott, paint'g and fres. inside hall, 235 00 
C. W. Pitman, care of hall, clock and flag, 56 16 

Herbert Fiske, " " " " 3 00 

Juli-en Tuttle, " " 7 50 

James Hill, " « « " 47 70 

H. A. Gould, widening Maple st., 157 38 

Francis Jones " " 8 35 

A. S. Fletcher, «« « 23 75 

W. F. Hale. »< " 21 25 

E. Jones & Co., « " 25 90 

F. W. Billings, tables for schools, 8 50 
F. S. Blanchard & Co., 1 book, 1 50 



$50 00 


10 00 


27 30 


1 00 


3 08 


81 


16 26 


96 00 


6 75 


1 00 


882 61 


134 13 


24 


11 87 


8 00 


2 75 


1 50 


75 


1 50 



1 


50 


50 


00 


3 80 




67 




50 


7 


31 


9 


15 


1 


00 


2 


00 


5 


00 


3 


75 


2 


50 


5 00 


2 


00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 

Paid Geo. Greenough, teaming sawdust, 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 50 ft. hose, 
" " " pipe, 

" " " book, 

" " " twine, 

"R. L. Reed, painting markers for graves, 

Win. Kingsley, work on turnpike, 

K M. Allen, cleaning clock West school, 

Wm. M. Olin, 1 book, 

A. H. Rose, examining cattle, 

W. F. Stevens, assessors' book, 
" " collector's book, 

J. B. Tuttle, copying poll-tax list, 
" " postage and stationery, 

F. C. Nash, expenses enforcing liquor law, 254 67 
" " services " •< " 75 00 

R. L. Reed, " " " " 26 00 

Tuttles, Jones & W r etherbee, 1 lamp, vot- 
ing place, West Acton, 3 00 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 1 table, voting 
place, West Acton, 9 00 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, settees, voting 
place, West Acton, 16 80 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 6 chairs, vot- 
ing place, West Acton, 

H. T. Clark, fun'l exp. Capt.A.C.Handley, 35 

Spofford Robbtns, fixing voting stalls, 

H. A. Gould, work on turnpike, 

E. Jones & Co., lumber " 
" " coal for hall, 

Nathan Johnson, care monument grounds, 
Geo. Greenough, wood for hall, 

F. J. Barker, reporting 9 births, 
F. E. Tasker, " 8 " 
F. U. Rich, " 5 " 
J. E. Marsh, " 12 " 
J. L. Hammett Co., blackboard, 9 00 



25 



4 20 


35 00 


3 57 


15 87 


42 13 


17 54 


4 20 


7 00 


2 25 


2 00 


1 25 


3 00 



26 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Paid N. H. Tenney, rep. fire engine, $12 00 

Thorp & Martin, mimeograph and st. pap'r, 14 31 

Benj. Lovell & Co., 2 pr handcuffs, 9 90 

Isaiah Hutchins, 4 32 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, postage, 2 91 

Thos. Scanlon, attending meeting, 1 50 

Lyman Tuttle, postage and telephone, 84 

H. F. Tuttle, col. and ret. 43 births, 21 50 

" " recording 23 marriages, 3 45 

" " " 29 deaths, 4 90 

" " laying out roads, 3 00 

" " making plan of same, 2 00 

" " estab. bounds, W. S. grounds, 1 50 

" " cleaning vault hall cellar, 2 00 

" " attending meeting at Ayer, 1 50 

" " blanks, 52 

" " postage, exp. and telephons, 2 30 

T., J. & W., duster for hall, <S9 



$4,225 12 



RECEIPTS AND APPROPRIATIONS. 

Balance due from Treasurer March 12, 1896, $631 Go 
« " " Collector, " " " 1,282 29 

Appropriation for town charges, 6,000 00 

" " common schools, 3,100 00 

" High school, 1,600 00 

" " school supplies, 475 00 

" " scientific apparatus, 150 00 

" « Supt. of Schools, 475 00 

" " transportation of scholars, 240 00 

" " Memorial library, 600 00 

" " street lamps, 400 00 

" " highways, 3,000 00 

" " county tax, 1,506 17 

" " state tax, 1,050 00 

" » bldg A. F. Blanchard road, 500 00 

" u overiayings, 557 85 



TOWN OF ACTON. 27 

Eeceived from — 

First Nat. bank of Ayer, borrowed money, $5,000 00 

Howard B. White, admr., " " 3,000 00 

A. F. Blanchard, license to slaughter, 1 00 

James Hill, " " " 1 00 

H. F. Tnttle, acct. of supervision of schools, 375 00 

Asaph Parlin, guardian, AnnaParlin at hosp., 162 03 

State Treasurer, for inspection of animals, 20 00 

" " corporation tax, 760 01 

" " Nat. bank tax, 257 88 

" " Military aid, cp. 279, acts '89, 116 25 

" " State aid, chap. 301, " '89, 555 00 

" " income Mass. school fund, 262 58 

Mrs. Leland, tuition, 6 00 

Lyman Tuttle, storage at school house, 2 00 

Geo. G. Keith, stoves So. " " 24 00 

J. W. Henderson, stove East " " 1 00 

Samuel Jones, Jr., school house and land in 

S. E. district, 126 50 

County Treasurer, on acct. dog tax, 194 94 

J. Devane, for road cleanings, 7 50 
Lyman Tuttle, 5 cows sold from town 

farm, 164 50 

Lyman Tuttle, apples sold, town farm, 276 07 

" " horse " " " 75 00 

" milk " " " 874 16 

" " wood " " " 45 25 

" " pork " " " 17 45 

" " calves <■ " " 8 25 

" " potatoes " " " 1 50 

u u e gg S a a a J 24 

" old iron " " '< 1 12 
John Fletcher, lots sold in Woodlawn 

cemetery, 30 00 
Levi W. Stevens, lots sold in Mount 

Hope cemetery, 80 00 

D. H. Gordon, for old hearse, 8 00 



28 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Rec'd, Charles Brown, board of Mrs. Abrani 

Brown, $56 00 

Town of Stow, services of constable 

and lawyer in Tuttle case, 15 58 

Interest on Wilde Memorial Library 

fund, 80 00 

Kent of Town Hall and cellar, 95 50 

C. J. Williams, 13 microseopes sold 

pupils, 5 20 

C. J. Williams, 8 French dictionaries 

sold pupils, 4 00 

Acton Memorial library, fines, 16 00 

Wm.F.Stevens,colleet'gtaxes,1894, 2 00 

Town of Boxboro, tuition High school, 104 00 
Interest on money in bank, 60 28 



$34,461 75 



EXPENDITURES. 

For support of Centre school, $833 48 

" North " 395 74 

" East " 368 79 

South " 898 05 

West " 875 32 

High « 1,655 97 

School supplies, 499 83 

Scientific apparatus, 154 54 

Transportation of scholars, 257 50 

State tax, 1,050 00 

County tax, 1,506 17 

State and Military aid, 794 50 

Memorial library, 647 84 

Loans and interest, 8,148 86 

Street lamps, 402 56 

Cemetery expenses, 246 14 

Support of poor on farm, 1,569 96 

" outside poor, 1,684 97 

Repairs on town buildings and grounds, 907 56 

Town officers, 1,479 34 



TOWN OF ACTON. 29 

For Printing, $141 86 

Koads and bridges, 3,094 26 

Soldiers' relief, 73 12 

Miscellaneous expenses, 4,225 12 

_ $31,911 48 

Balance due from Treasurer, 847 90 

Collector, 1896, 1,702 37 

$34,461 75 



TOWN DEBT, MARCH 12, 1897. 
John A. Bowen, note, $1,000 00 

Interest from Dec. 6, 1896, to Mar. 12, 1897, 13 33 
Frank H. Jones, note, 600 00 

Interest from Apr. 27, 1896, to Mar. 12, 1897, 26 25 
Frank H. Jones, note, 700 00 

Int. from June 15, 1896, to Mar. 12, 1897, 25 96 

First Nat. bank of Ayer, note, 2,000 00 

Int. from Mar. 6 to Mar. 12, 1 33 



$4,366 87 
Less amount due from Treas. and Collector, 2,550 27 



Balance against the town March 12, 1897, $1,816 60 

E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
DANIEL J. WETHERBEE, 
ISAIAH HUTCHINS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



I have examined the amounts of the Selectmen for the past 
year and find them correct. 

HIRAM J. HAPGOOD, 

Auditor of the Town of Acton. 



30 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



List of Jurors. 



The following is a list of persons to serve as jurors 
ensuing year, as revised by the Selectmen of Acton, to 
mitted to said town at their April meeting. 

Farmer. 



for the 
be sub- 



Elisha H. Cutler, 

J. W. Dupee, 

I. Warren Flag, 

Hiram E. Gates, 

G. E. Holton, 

Eugene Hall, 

D. C. Harris, 

Geo. A. Hayward, 

Edgar H. Hall, 

Lowell A. Jones, 

Warren H. Jones, 

John C. Keyes, 

Hanson A. Littlefield, 

Nahum littlefield, 

Jerry McCarthy, 

F. P. Morse, 

C. H. Mead, 

John D. Moulton, 

Willis L. Mead, 

Thomas F. Noyes, 

S. L. Kichardson, " 

Moses A. Reed, " 

Wm. F. Stevens, " 

Henry M. Smith, " 

Wm. H. Teele, 

Horace F. Tuttle, " 

James B. Tuttle, " 

Fred S. Whitcomb, " 

E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
DANIEL J. WETHERBEE, 

ISAIAH HUTCHINS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



Merchant. 

Farmer. 

Mechanic. 

a 

Stone cutter. 
Clerk. 

Manufacturer. 
Farmer. 



Merchant. 
Farmer. 



Merchant. 
Farmer. 
Painter. 
Farmer. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 31 



Report of Overseers of Poor. 



ARTICLES ON HAND MARCH 1, 1897 


9 cows, 


$400 00 


1 horse, 


75 00 


Double harnesses, 


25 00 


Express harnesses, 


30 00 


Light harnesses, 


7 00 


2 collars, 


4 00 


Horse cart, 


18 00 


Express wagon, 


75 00 


Mowing machine, 


30 00 


Hay wagon, 


30 00 


2 hay rakes, 


25 00 


2 wheelbarrows, 


5 00 


2 harrows, 


8 00 


8 tons hay, 


144 00 


Grain, 


10 10 


3 apple headers, 


2 00 


2 canvas covers, 


2 50 


Grindstone, 


2 00 


Farming tools, 


22 00 


Wrench, 


75 


3 blankets, 


4 00 


2 axes, 


2 00 


3 wood saws, 


2 00 


18 hens, 


8 00 


5 plows, 


20 00 


2 cultivators, 


5 00 


1 hay cutter, 


2 00 


18 barrels, 


1 80 



32 ANNUAL REPORTS 

7 ladders, 

Set of measures, 

Salt, 

2 sleds, 

12 cords wood, 
Lumber, 
Stone drag, 
Pung, 

Light wagon, 
25 apple boxes, 
Spray pump, 
12 bu. potatoes, 
Apples, 

3 steel traps, 
32 gallons soap, 
Dried apple, 
Cooking range, 
Tea and coffee, 
Crackers, 
Fruit jars, 
Coal, 
Brooms, 
Spice, 

Sugar, 

Flour, 

Pails and tubs, 

Oil tank, 

Stove, 

Lounge, 

Pork, 

Butter, 

Lard, 



$10 00 


1 40 


50 


15 00 


60 00 


10 00 


4 00 


8 00 


20 00 


2 50 


10 00 


6 00 


1 00 


75 


7 00 


3 00 


25 00 


75 


1 25 


3 50 


2 00 


50 


50 


50 


1 50 


2 00 


1 25 


10 00 


5 00 


12 00 


1 25 


2 20 


$1,188 50 



TOWN OF ACTON. 33 

Keceipts from farm, $1,464 54 

Victualing and lodging 373 tramps, 93 25 

$1,557 79 



Expenditures, $1,569 96 

Interest on farm $3,500 at 5 per cent, 175 00 

Difference in articles on hand, 172 15 



$1,917 11 
Less receipts, 1,557 79 

Cost of supporting poor on farm, $359 32 

LYMAN TUTTLE, 
EDWIN C. PARKEE, 
MOSES A. REED, 

Overseers of Poor. 



34 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Town Clerk's Report for 1896 



BIRTHS REGISTERED IN ACTON IN 1896. 



NO. DATE OF BIRTH. NAME OF CHILD. 

1. Jan. 8. Harold Moulton Richardson. 

2. Jan. 16. Lillia Delia Gilmore. 

3. Feb. 4. Hanora McCarty. 

4. Feb. 8. Martha Elizabeth Wheeler. 

5. Feb. 11. Raymond Hayes. - 



6. 


Feb. 13. 


Grace Louise Rice. 


7. 


Feb. 26. 


Zelma Adeline Putnam. 


8. 


Feb. 26. 


Frank Edwards Greenough 


9. 


Mar. 10. 


Doris Margarete Brooks. 


10. 


Mar. 23. 


William Charles Coughlin. 


11. 


Apr. 1. 


Antoni N. Matson. 


12. 


Apr. 7. 


William Thomas Hayes. 


13. 


Apr. 12. 


Clarence Burlin Lord. 


14. 


Apr. 19. 


Sherman Creswell Warren. 


15. 


Apr. 26. 


Roland Hall. 


16. 


Apr. 27. 


Ramond Frank Farrar. 


17. 


May 21. 


Martha Putnam Hale. 


18. 


May 22. 


Eliza Brady. 


19. 


June 4. 


David Moan. 


20. 


June 8. 


Mary Alice Davidson. 


21. 


Jmie 16. 


Beatrice Sarah Rice. 


22. 


June 17. 


Evelyn Kimball. 


23. 


June 19. 


George Henry Espie. 



NAMES OF PARENTS. 

Sidney L. and M. Kath- 
erine. 

Fred W. and Delia. 

Thomas and Hannah. 

Elbridge L. and Flor- 
ence I. 

Michael G. and Kath- 
erine A. 

Thomas E. and Louise. 

Elsie L. 

George E. and Sarah A. 

Roy G. and Libbie. 

Wm. H. and Annie B. 

Atti and Ulner. 

Wm. J. and. Mary L. 

Chas. S. and Annie N. 

Geo. C. and Hattie K. 

Eugene L. and Isa- 
belle H. 

Frank B. and Dora J. 

Herbert and Lena. 

Edward and Kate. 

Frank and Margaret E. 

Norman A. and Mary A. 

Charles W. and Isa- 
belle S. 

Chas. M. and Carrie E. 

Alexan'r and Annie E. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



35 



NO. 

24. 

25. 

26. 
27. 
28. 
29. 
30. 
31. 
32. 
33. 
34. 
35. 
36. 

37. 
38. 
39. 
40. 
41. 
42. 

43. 



DATE OF BIRTH. 



NAME OF CHILD. 



June 21. 
June 27. 
July 4. 
July 14. 
Aug. 12. 
Aug. 31. 
Sept. 1. 
Sept. 4. 
Sept. 15. 
Sept. 15. 
Sept. 16. 
Sept. 20. 
Sept. 23. 

Sept. 29. 
Oct. 9. 
Oct. 11. 
Nov. 10. 
Nov. 24. 
Nov. 28. 
1895. 
Apr. 16. 



Walter Raymond Morse. 
Kitty Edna Gray. 
Edith Elizabeth Harris. 
Mildred Chestine Randall. 
Ruth Eleanor Tuttle. 
John Acton Parker. 
Hubert Raymond Rodway. 
John Francis Kennedy. 
Benjamin Anthony Goding. 
Alfred Francis Miller. 
Ray Linwood Harris. 
Myrtle Gray Blodgett. 
Bertram Clyde Morse. 

Arthur LeRoy Booker. 
Nathalie Frances Leach. 
Edgar Francis Buxton. 
Richard Peregrine White. 
William Cutler Allen. 
Catherine Mary Hurley. 



NAMES OF PARENTS. 

Frank D. and JuliaA. 
Herbert and Catherine. 
Sam'l B. and Harriet L. 
Thomas E. and Rebecca 
Roswell L. and Anna B. 
Win. H. and Annie A. 
Harry J. and Lucy E. 
Charles and Katie. 
Anthony I. and Flora E. 
Christian and Sophia. 
David C. and Betsey J. 
Wm. H. and Sarah A. 
Alfred J. and George- 
ana J. 
Henry M. and EstelleM. 
Chas. W. and Carrie V. 
Wilson R. and Erne M. 
J.Sidney and BerthaH. 
Chas.W. and Dessie W. 
James and Bridget. 



Frank McClellan Stevens. Frank R. and Annie. 



NO. 

1. 



MARRIAGES RECORDED IN 1896. 



NAMES OF PARTIES. 



Jan. 



2. Jan. 26 



Feb. 



5. Mar, 



r f James Hurley, 
( Bridget Neyland, 
( William H. Blodgett, 



( Sarah A. Gray, 

Feb If f Francis Pendergast, 
} Josie A. M. Hayes, 
William A. Leighton, 
Lillian F. Kelle} r , 
-. C Walter J. Adams, 
1 K. Frances Coughlin, 



24 -j 



6. Mar.l8^ orace /- f f U i tle ' 
( Carrie E. lay lor, 



RESIDENCE. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Concord. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Harvard. 

Harvard. 

Acton. 

Acton. 



36 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



8. 

9. 
10. 
11. 
12. 
13. 
14. 
15. 
16. 
17. 
18. 
19. 
20. 
21. 
22. 
23. 



DATE. 

Mar. 28 
Apr. 23 
Apr. 27 
June 2 
June 8 
June 24 
July 3 
July 22 
Aug. 8 
Sept. 7 
Oct. 7 
Oct. 17 
Oct. 26 
Nov. 11 
Nov. 25 
Nov. 25 
Dec. 24 



NAMES OF PARTIES. 



| Clarence V. Twitchell, 
( Martha M. Haddock, 
( Luke H. Tuttle, 
( Hattie L. Miles, 
( Edward H. Carey, 
( Ina S. Bryant, 
( Charles B. Heath, 
( Mary Cahill, 
( Charles W. Brown, 
"( Edna A. Knowlton, 
( Charles J. Priest, 
I Mary A. Delaney, 
\ Daniel C. Lincoln, 
( Bertha I. Fisk, 
( Clarence A. Hosmer, 
( Grace J. Jewett, 
J Edward Abbott, 
( Ellen "Weaver, 
f Richard M. Davis, 
\ Maud L. Morse, 
\ Herman W. Parker, 
( Susie E. Conant, 
( Silas Monsen, 
( Hannah Christensen, 
( George A. Dusseault, 
"(Mildred F. Mills, 
j Francis S. Davis, 
( L. Emily Noyes, 
( Daniel J. Hennessey, 
( Hannah T. Lynch, 
\ Joachim McCrossin, 
( Margaret Devine, 

Frank P. Fletcher, 

Mira Veinot, 



RESIDENCE. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Concord. 

Acton. 

Worcester. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Lowell. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Maynard. 

Hopkinton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Concord. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

North Andover. 

North Andover. 

Acton. 

Somerville. 

Concord, N. H. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Concord. 

Concord. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 37 

DEATHS REGISTERED IN ACTON IN 1896. 



NO. DATE OF DEATH. NAMES OF PERSONS. 

1. Feb. 3. Francis Hay ward, 

2. Feb. 5. Lucius D. Draper, 

3. Feb. 20. Maria W. Willis, 

4. Feb. 27. Dora J. Hoar, 

5. Mar. 15. Mary A. Rich, 

6. Mar. 16. Mary Elizabeth Law, 

7. Mar. 19. Elizabeth B. Tuttle, 

8. Mar. 29. Alden B. Johnson, 

9. Apr. 24. Henrietta J. Tuttle, 

10. May 3. Mary P. Hosmer, 

11. May 4. Roland Hall, 

12. June 1. John W. Wattslong, 

13. June 7. Gertrude S. Harrington, 

14. June 21. Annie E. Espie, 

15. June 23. George A. Clough, 

16. Aug. 27. Ann B. Littlefield, 

17. Aug. 30. Willie H. Gilmore, 

18. Sept. 3. Antoni N. Matson, 

19. Sept. 19. Charles A. Harrington, 

20. Sept. 20. Sarah A. Blodgett, 

21. Oct. 3. Delmer G. Durkee, 

22. Oct. 11. John Jackman, 

23. Oct. 13. Edgar F. Buxton, 

24. Oct. 24. Norman A. Davidson, 

25. Oct. 28. Doris Margarete Brooks.. 

26. Nov. 5. Aaron C. Handley, 

27. Nov. 22. Grace M. Cole, 

28. Nov. 28. Mary Taylor, 

29. Feb. 8. Child of Edward Goggin, 



r AGE s 

YRS. MOS. DAYS. 

72 3 20 


72 


7 





88 


4 


5 


51 


7 


5 


46 


1 


8 


53 


7 





64 


1 


24 


42 


11 


15 


85 


8 


8 


82 


4 


10 








8 


61 





16 


28 


8 


16 


19 


9 





22 


5 


15 


80 


3 





18 


11 


4 





5 


3 


81 


8 


27 


23 


4 


26 


1 


5 


14 


52 


3 


7 








2 


37 


3 


5 





7 


18 


73 





29 


23 


4 


15 


79 


4 


7 












38 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



PERSONS BROUGHT TO ACTON FOR BURIAL. 



NO. 


DATE OF DE 


1. 


Dec. 


25. 


2. 


Apr. 


1. 


3. 


Apr. 


5. 


4. 


Feb. 


11. 


5. 


Apr. 


30. 


6. 


May 


4. 


7. 


June22. 


8. 


July 


24. 


9. 


July 


29. 


10. 


Aug. 


21. 


11. 


Oct. 


2, 


12. 


Oct. 


12. 


13. 


Oct. 


13. 



MH. NAMES AND RESIDENCE. 



Elizabeth B. Davis, of Chelsea, 
Eliza Rouillard, of Maiden, 
Hannah T. Aldrich, of Somerville, 
Ada A. Johnson, of Pepperell, 
Levi Robbins, of Littleton, 
Mary T. Severance, of Hudson, 
Ralph R. Burr, of Everett, 
Ralph B. Stone, of Watertown, N. 
Jerome B. Whitney, of Boxboro, 
Jerome Barton, of Sudbury, 
Betsey C. Temple, of Concord, 
William W. Hayward, of Boxboro, 
Benjamin A. Davis, of Waltham, 



/ AGE n 

YRS. MOS. DAYS. 

54 


49 


3 


6 


61 


7 


1 


22 


6 


14 


56 


9 


26 


83 











5 


22 


14 


6 


20 


84 


3 


26 


71 








61 


2 


24 


20 


7 


11 


63 


2 






PERSONS HAYING DOGS LICENSED IN 1896. 



Frederick H. Temple. 
Smith Finney. 
J. Sterling Moore. 
Calvin S. Simonds. 
Daniel Tuttle. 
James P. Brown. 
Otis B. Mott. 
C. A. Hodges. 
Frank W. Bulette. 
Francis A. Houston. 
E. Eddie Fletcher. 
Elizabeth W. Barnard. 
Charles Morris. 
Charles J. Williams. 
Fredson P. Brooks. 
Solomon L. Dutton. 
Mrs. Henry Haynes. 
James F. Stiles. 



Walter M. French. 
Frank J. Williams. 
Jeremiah McCarty. 
Ellsworth H. Woodward. 
Frank Morrison. 
H. A. Littlerield. 
Chas. S. Hewens. 
Chas. F. Shirland. 
L. Willis Mead. 
Wm. F. Stevens. 
W. F. Kelley. 
Chas. H. Wheeler. 
A. L. Lawrence. 
Fred S. Whitcomb. 
Lucius S. Hosmer. 
Ira J. Manley. ' 
George H. Brooks. 
John W. Randall. 



TOWN OF ACTOX. 



39 



Daniel H. Farrar. 
Luke Tuttle. 
M. E. Taylor. 
Lyman Tuttle. 
A. J. Fletcher. 
S. D. Hunt. 
Solon A. Kobbins. 
Eda A. Shapley. 
Alonzo L. Tuttle. 
Wm. Barnes, 2. 
Luther Conant. 
Lottie Flagg. 
C. L. Ford. 
Hiram E. Gates. 
Henry Hanson. 
Frank E. Harris. 
Wm. S. Jones. 
F. M. Keezer. 

C. M. Kimball. 

F. R. Knowlton. 
0. A. Knowlton. 
George T. Knowlton. 
A. Merriam. 

D. Mahoney. 
Frank Pratt. 

W. W. Philbrick. 
C. B. Eobbins, 2. 
George W. Worster. 
A. Dusseault. 
J. E. Durkee. 
H. E. Faulkner. 

G. H. Mead & Co. 
A. Peterson. 

S. Hammond Taylor. 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee. 



Josephine Xash. 
Nalium Littlefield. 
Henry M. Smith. 
A. L. Noyes. 
Chas. S. Moulton. 
Chas. A. Taylor. 
Blanche Varney. 
David A. Cutler. 
Chas. W. Allen. 
Constance O'JSTeil. 
May L. Calder. 
Chas. Calder. 
Warren H. Jones. 
Daniel J. Gallagher. 
Clara W. Standish. 
L. V. Clough. 
Geo. Conant. 
James R. Cole. 
Wm. J. Hayes. 
Michael Hannon. 
A. C. Jenkins. 
Chas. A. Leighton. 
Wm. J. Morse. 
Wm. B. Manning. 
Yea Simonsen. 
William Coughlin. 
A. Risso. 

Webster C. Bobbins. 
Luke T. Willard. 
0. W. Penniman. 
S. B. Ineson. 
Abel Farrar. 
Hattie White. 
F. J. Taylor. 
Frank R. Stevens. 






Elnathan Jones. 



40 ANNUAL REPORTS 

106 males at $2.00, $212 00 

3 females at $5.00, 15 00 



Total 109, $227 00 

Note. — To make the registration as complete as possible, the 
Town Clerk requests information of any omission or error in the 
lists of births, marriages and deaths. 

Note. — In accordance with Section 8, Chap. 32, of the Public 
Statutes, the Town Clerk hereby gives notice that he is prepared 
to furnish to all physicians, midwives, and persons applying 
therefor, blanks for the return of births. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 
Acton, January 1, 1897. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TRUSTEES 



OF THE 



ACTON 

MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

1896=97. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 43 



ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES. 

OF 

Acton Memorial Library. 



The seventh annual report of the Acton Memorial Library 
to the town need not be a lengthy one. In our report last year 
mention was made of the proposal of the Hon. William A. Wilde 
to permanently endow the institution with the sum of five 
thousand dollars, the income of which was to be used in the pur- 
chase of new books, provided the town would vote to appropriate 
a sum of not less than two hundred dollars a year for the same 
purpose. At the annual town meeting April 6th, the town voted 
unanimously to accept the proposal. 

On May 9th, Mr Wilde forwarded to the trustees his check 
for $5000, which was immediately deposited in the Broadway 
National Bank, drawing interest at 3 per cent, and when interest 
paying day occurred, was re-deposited in the following savings 
banks in sums of $1,000 each : Middlesex and Warren Inst, for 
saving, Charlestown Five Cent, Home and North End Savings 
Banks. The interest on the temporary deposit in the Broadway 
National Bank amounted to sixty dollars. We may reasonably 
expect an income approaching $200 a year from this fund, which 
with the $200 voted by the town, will enable the trustees to 
make a larger addition of new books than has been possible be- 
fore and also to secure a few volumes each year of more expensive 
books for special uses. We have been fortunate during the past 
year in receiving by donation some very valuable works of art 
and some series of desirable books containing a large number of 
volumes. From Mr. Wilde, life size busts, mounted on marble 
pedestals, of Washington and Lincoln, the work of perhaps the 
world's greatest living sculptor, Thomas Ball of Florence, Italy. 
The presentation of Lincoln is especially striking in its boldness 



44 ANNUAL REPORTS 

and originality while that of Washington is equally good, being 
a copy of the famous picture by Trumbull, by which the counte- 
nance of the father of our country is universally known. 

From the West Acton Library and Literary Society, we have 
received a complete series of the official records, both federal and 
confederate of the war of the rebellion ; 102 vols, issued to date, 
also 35 sets of maps and plates. The earlier volumes of this 
series are out of print and are very difficult to obtain at the 
present time. 

The President of the Board of Trustees has presented to the 
library, 70 vols, of Harpers' Magazine, so that we have now a 
complete set of this valuable work from the commencement June 
1, 1850, to the present time. 

We have also received from the widow of Col. W. H. Chap- 
man, the swords and revolvers worn and carried by him during 
his long term of service in the war of the rebellion, also some 
rifles captured from the rebels. 

We have received other donations that if space permitted 
deserve special attention. 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT. 

Total number of volumes in library, 6109 

Added by purchase the past year, 305 

Added by gift, 214 

Total added, 519 

Total number of persons who have taken out cards, 1173 

Fines, $16.00 

Number of books taken out during the year, 7896 

Largest daily use, March 14, 1896 

Smallest daily use, December 12, 1896 

Visitors registered during the year, 281 

GIFTS TO THE LIBRARY. 

Set of scales and some scrip presented by Mrs. Joseph 
Barker. Plate and copy of Connecticut Gazette, presented by 
Mrs. Susan Keen, Cranston Print Works, R. I. Portrait of him- 
self, presented by Mr. Luke Smith. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 45 

Donation of books : Mr. Joseph Barker, 10 ; E. C. Winthrop 
Jr., 5; State, 11; Corps 62, W. Acton, W. R. C, 1; Wm. A. 
Wilde, 2; Rev. Geo. A. Tewksbury, 1 ; Miss Edith Pitman, 2; 
City of Boston, 1 ; Lexington Hist. Society, 1 ; Rev. F. P. Wood, 
2; A. F. Davis, 1 ; Mrs. M. W. Dorrison, 6; Luther Conant, 2. 

Periodicals donated for the reading room : Child's Hour, 
Our Sunday Afternoon, Wm. A. Wilde ; Our Paper, Reformatory ; 
Congressional Record, Hon. J. F. Fitzgerald ; Our Dumb Ani- 
mals, Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ; magazines 
same as last year. 

VIOLA S. TUTTLE. 



The very large additions in the way of new books made to 
the library since its opening, make a new catalogue absolutely 
necessary. We shall proceed at once to prepare it. In closing 
we would remind the people of the town of the many objects of 
interest always to be seen on the days when the library is open ; 
that the table in the reading room is covered with the best 
magazines and periodicals for the use of all visitors ; that the 
costly works of art presented by Mr. Wilde, in the hope and 
belief that their study and contemplation would be an education 
and constant inspiration alike to the old and young people of his 
native town, and help to keep that town in the front rank of the 
municipalities of our state. 

LUTHER CONANT, for the Trustees. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



OF THE 




OF ACTON, 




FOR 



SCHOOL YEAR 1896-7 




ACTON, MASS.: 

THE ENTERPRISE PRINTING COMPANY. 
1897. 



Report of the School Committee. 



To the Citizens of Acton : 

As required by the statute we submit herewith our annual 
report. 

The district committee at their meeting in April, 1896, again 
selected Mr. Edward Dixon as Superintendent of Schools. The 
report of the Superindendent, whose conscientious work and de- 
votion to the highest interests of our schools are fully recognized, 
is included herein, and is worthy of your careful reading and 
thoughtful consideration. 

We again request your attention to the yearly growing need 
of better accommodations for the High school, and of provision 
for an increase in the number of its teaching staff. 

In June, 1896, your Committee received a petition praying 
that the pupils of the East school might be provided with trans- 
portation to the schools at the center. This petition was 
signed by a number of citizens resident in the east part of 
the town, including all but two of those who, as parents or guar- 
dians, had children in attendance at the East school. Your Com- 
mittee, having no funds at their disposal, which could be legally 
expended for the purpose prayed for, laid the matter before the 
town at its June meeting, and requested that the required amount 
might be transferred from the appropriation for the support of 
schools to a transportation account — a measure at once in the 
interest of economy and of the petitioners. This action the town 
declined to take. 

We again recommend that the pupils of the East school be 
provided with transportation to the schools at the* center, and we 
request our fellow citizens, who are especially interested in the 
North school, to give to this question of consolidation of schools 
their earnest consideration. 



OJ SCHOOL REPORT 

The lengthening of the transportation route in the south-east 
part of the town has necessitated an increase in the cost of ser- 
vice upon that route. The new rate, $7.50 a week dates from 
Oct. 12, 1896. 

The appropriation of $150.00 for the purchase of apparatus 
and reference books for the High school has been expended as 
follows: Apparatus, $67.90; books, $81.44. 

The sum of $375.00 has been received from the state on ac_ 
count of salary of Superintendent of Schools. 

The report of the Purchasing Agent of the Committee is 
published herewith. 



$3,100 00 
1,600 00 



Summary of Receipts a;nd Expenditures on Account of 
Schools, for the Year 1896-97. 
receipts. 
Apprapriation for Common Schools, 
" High school, 

" School supplies, 475 00 

" transportation S. E. pupils, 180 00 
" " H. S. " 60 00 

" apparatus, etc., for H. S., 150 00 
" " salary of Superintendent, 475 00 

Received from Mass. School Fund, 
" " dog taxes, 

" " tuition in High school, 

" " " " common schools, 

$6,606 52 



261 58 


194 94 


104 00 


6 00 



TOWN OF ACTON". 


53 


EXPENDITURES. 




For Common schools, 


$3,371 38 


High school, 


1,655 97 


School supplies, 


495 83 


Transportation S. E. pupils, 


• 227 50 


« H. S. pupils, 


30 00 


Apparatus, etc., for High school, 


149 34 


Salary of Suparintendent of Schools, 


465 00 




$6,395 02 



Unexpended balance, $211 50. 



Estimates for the Support of Schools 
Eor Common schools, 

High sbhool, 

School supplies, 

Transportation S. E. pupils, 

Apparatus, etc., for High school, 

Salary of Superintendent, 



for the Year 1897 


-8 


$3,100 00 






1,600 00 






475 00 






270 00 






125 00 






465 00 


$6,035 






)0 



For the School Committee, 

CHAS. J. WILLIAMS, Chairman, 



54 



SCHOOL REPORT 



Superintendent's Report. 



School Committee oj Acton : 

Gentlemen. — The following report for the year is respect- 
fully submitted: 

SUMMARY OF STATISTICS. 

Number of children in town May 1, 1896, between 5 

and 15 years of age, 245 
Number of children in town May 1, 1896, between 8 

and 14 years of age, 148 

Whole number of pupils enrolled in all the schools, 334 

Number of pupils under 5 years of age, 

Number of pupils over 15 years of age, 49 

Number of pupils between 8 and 14 years of age, 185 

Average membership of all the schools, 262.88 

Average attendance of all the schools, 249.9 

Per cent, of attendance of all the schools, 95 

Average wages of female teachers a month, $39 61 

Compared with last year, the number of pupils between five 
and fifteen years of age is fifteen less ; the number of pupils en- 
rolled, nineteen more ; the average membership and average 
attendance, each ten less, practically. The number of tardy 
marks is 106 less and the number of dismissals 296 less than last 
year. Improvement in these two respects is cause for con- 
gratulation. 

The High School, the South Acton Grammar and the 
Primary, the West Acton Primary and Center Primary have been 
taught throughout the year by the same teachers. The West 
Acton Grammar has had four different teachers this year, the 



TOWN OF ACTOX. 55 

Center Grammar has had three, the East Acton school three and 
the North Acton school, two. 

Much to the regret of Committee and Superintendent, Miss 
Preston felt obliged to resign her position at the end of the 
spring term on account of ill-health. She was succeeded by Miss 
Prindall, who resigned at the end of the first month of the term, 
because, I am sorry to say, she felt she was not properly supported 
in the management of her school by the people of the community. 
She was followed by a Miss Coffman who stayed until the end 
of the term. A change of teachers is sometimes desirable, but 
frequent changes tend to make more difficult the inculcation of 
moral principles on the minds of the pupils. This difficulty 
manifested itself when Miss Hapgood, who had taught very 
successfully the East Acton school and the Acton Grammar 
school, and who had, and has, the confidence of the committee 
and superintendent, took charge of the school at the beginning of 
the winter term. The situation was one of grave concern to the 
school authorities, and it has not yet ceased to trouble their 
minds ; but with the cordial support of the parents and committee, 
the school, although it cannot this year fully regain lost ground, 
will do satisfactory work under Miss Hapgood's management. 

Miss Conant, another of our excellent teachers left us at the 
end of the spring term after several years of very successful 
work in the Acton schools. Few teachers possess the teaching 
and executive ability that she possesses. She is a great loss to 
our teaching force. Miss Conant was succeeded at the Center 
Grammar school by Miss Hapgood who was transferred from 
the East Acton school. Miss Hapgood was transferred to the 
W. Acton Grammar school at the beginning of the winter term 
and Miss Sloan took charge of the Center Grammar school. 
Miss Eich took charge of the East school at the beginning of 
the fall term, but resigned in the middle of the winter term and 
was succeeded by Miss Standish. Miss Kichardson resigned her 
position at North Acton at the end of the spring term and was 
succeeded by Miss Miller. 

Our supplementary reading takes four lines, viz: Literature, 
science, history, geography ; and reading matter in these lines 



56 SCHOOL REPORT 

have been added this year. For the convenience of the teachers 
I append the following: 



READING LIST. 



Grade I. Davis's "Beginner's Book," Thompson's "Fables 
and Khymes," Cyr's "Primer," and "First Keader." 

Grade II. "Second Keader," Davis; "^Esop's Fables," 
vols. I and II ; " Heart of Oak Books," book I ; In Mythland. 

Grade III. Introduction to Leaves from Nature's Story 
Book, Stories of old Greece, Riverside Primer. 

Grade IV. Scudder's "Fable and Folk Stories," "Alice's 
Adventures in Wonderland," " Through the Looking Glass." 

Grade V. Pratt's History Stories, vols. I, II, III; "Water 
Babies," "Boston Tea Party," "Heart of Oak Books," book III. 

Grade VI. "True Stories from New England History," 
"Book of Stories," "Beginner's History," "Robinson Crusoe," 
"Little Nell." 

Grade VII. "Franklin's Autobiography," King's "Second 
Book," " Glimpses of Europe," "Sketches of the Orient," "Old 
Ocean." 

Grade VIII. " Two Great Eetreats," "Stories of Mass- 
achusetts," King's "Third Book," "The Spy," "Rob Roy," "The 
American Tropics." 

In connection with this list I add for reference a table, giv- 
ing the number of pupils in the High School by classes, class I 
being the freshman class, and in the other schools by grades. I 
also give the time lost by each school through tardiness and dis- 
missals. Time lost by absence is not included. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



57 



SCHOOLS. 


Time lost, by Terms, 
in days, hours, mins. 




Ko 


. of P 


upils by 






Spring 
Term. 


Fall 
Term. 


Winter 
Term. 


Grades. 




D. 

IS 

2 
3 

4 
7 
1 
1 

12 

50 


H 

'-' 



•1 

2 
1 


1 
3 

3 


M 

24 
20 
32 


26 
45 
40 
30 
6 

42 


D H 


M 

21 

50 

8 

20 

5 

10 


30 

47 

11 


D 

11 

<; 



4 
1 
1 
1 

7 

37 


H IM 


i 
18 

17 
8 
7 
3 

35 


2 

16 

5 

3 

7 
4 

26 


3\ 4 


5 

12 

10 

7 

4 


33 


6|7 


8 


High 

So. Grammar 

So, Primary 

West Grammar 

West Primary 

Centre Grammar 

Centre Primary 

East 

North 


6 
2 

1 
4 
3 
2 

1 
6 

29 


2 

4 
•_> 
•j 
3 
4 

4 

1 


X- 

4 33 
4 50 
2 23 
145 

4 
2 
2 5 

5 3 

1 16 1 


3 

14 
5 

6 

3 
5 

33 


10 



6 

4 

27 


6 

13 
2 


21 


.. 
it 

7 



5 
'.'1 


9 

4 






20 



Vertical writing has been adopted for the primary grades. A 
•decided improvement in the neatness and legibility of the pupils' 
penmanship has been noted since the introduction of this system. 
Grammar school pupils were allowed to change their style of 
writing from the slant to the vertical if they desired to and most 
of them have availed themselves of the privilege, because with 
the vertical, their writing was so much more legible. 



HIGH SCHOOL. 

Arithmetic has been dropped from the list of first year 
studies and Algebra substituted for it. Our High School has 
maintained its record for industry and good progress. With an 
additional teacher, the course could be broadened and more time 
given to particular studies and the school would receive the 
approval of the State Board of Education. 

The following quoted from the report of the State Board of 
Education, may throw some light on the trend of high school 
matters : 

1. The Board of Education voted, April 7, 1893, that can- 
didates for admission to the normal schools in September, 1894, 
and thereafter, should be graduates of high schools whose courses 
of study have been approved by the Board, or have an equivalent 
education. For the current year (1894) it was ordered that the 
principals of the normal schools should be authorized to admit to 



58 SCHOOL REPORT 

examination for admission graduates of high schools whose course 
of study covers three or more years. 

2. It was voted by the Board, on May 3, 1894, that the ex- 
aminations for admission to the normal schools in 1895 and there- 
after should cover high school subjects as well as elementary. 

Among the towns of the state whose schools have only one 
or two teachers, there is an earnest discussion as to what consti- 
tutes a high school. 

The following definition quoted from the same report is con- 
sidered an adequate one : 

1. Primarily, a provision for a good liberal training in 
recognized secondary subjects and by approved methods for those 
pupils who end their schooling with the high school. 

2. The preparation of pupils for the normal schools. This 
will be adequately provided for if the provision mentioned under 
number 1 is made. 

3. The preparation of pupils for high technical schools, 
such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Lawrence 
Scientific School, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Mass- 
achusetts Agricultural College and others. This, too, will be 
adequately provided for if the provision mentioned under number 
1 is made. 

4. The preparation of pupils for college. This will become 
generally feasible if the colleges finally accept, as now seems 
probable, a good general four years' course as a suitable prepara- 
tory course. 

5. At least one course of study that is four years long. 
For the current year the graduate from a three years' course in a 
high school will be permitted by the Board of Education to take 
the entrance examinations of the normal schools. But this is a 
reluctant concession to certain high school conditions that now 
exist, and not an expression of opinion that a three years' course 
is an adequate one. On the contrary, a course of not less than 
four years, as is provided in four fifths of our high schools, is 
earnestly advised for every candidate. 

6. An adequate teaching force and an adequate equipment 
for the accomplishment of the foregoing aims. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 59 

Even under present conditions, no high school should be re- 
garded as worthy of the name, no community should tolerate 
such a high school, that does not meet at least the first two re- 
quirements. Four fifths of our high schools, if Ave judge from 
their courses of study, need only the strengthening that comes 
from a competent teaching force to meet the first five require- 
ments. 

The state has guaranteed free high school tuition to every 
properly qualified pupil within its borders, in the high school at 
home if one is maintained there, otherwise in an outside high 
school. If a local high school does not meet the requirements of 
the state, and the town in which it is located refuses to pay 
tuition in an outside high school when a parent demands it, on 
the ground that it has a high school of its own, the matter if 
settled at all must be settled by the courts. The State Board of 
Education has approved all high schools in the state having three 
or more teachers. It will approve none which have less than 
three teachers. In his forth-coming report the Secretary of 
the State Board of Education will ask for a new statutory 
definition of a high school. Should the legislature decide to enact 
a law which states explicitly what kind of a school it must be to 
meet the requirements of the state, it will relieve many towns 
of a disagreeable feeling of uncertainty. 



HIGH SCHOOL. 

Graduating Exercises of the Class of '96 at the Town HalL, 
Thursday Evening, June 11. 

GRADUATES. 

CLASSICAL COURSE. 

Anna Belle Banks, Jennie Etta Stowell, 

Florence Ethel Wayne, Harry Fletcher Tuttle. 

ENGLISH COURSE. 

Helen Pearson Emery, David Adelbert Cutler, 

Albert Ezra Willis, Moses Taylor, 

Arthur Henry Parsons, Robert Chickering Maines, 

Wilmot Emery Taylor. 



60 



SCHOOL REPORT 



PROGRAM. 

March, Orchestra 

Prayer, Rev. Bernard Copping 

Song, "The Bright Stars of Heaven," Alumni 
Address, Agent Henry T. Bailey, state supervisor of 

Art Instruction. 

Song, "Madeleine," Alumni 

Conferring of Diplomas, Supt. Edward Dixon 



Selection, 



Orchestra 



class motto: "Vincit Qui Patitur." 

class colors : Yellow and White. 

music : Brigham's Cadet Orchestra 



statistics for the year. 



SCHOOLS. 




a 

(U-Q 

< 


u 

c 

ei 


"a 

V 


No. Pupils 
not absent 
or tardy. 


Tardy marks 
by terms. 


en 


s 

c 

W 


&3 

rt Ji 

fe<3 

> 

< 






si a 


.£a> 


C 

& 

C/2 




0) 

s 


s 

S 


High . 


61 


53.55 


51.25 


95 


13 


20 


5 


75 


15 


56 


41 


So. Grammar 




32 


32.4 


30.44 


94 


5 


7 


6 


37 


67 


74 


53 


So. Primary 






63 


41.3 


38.7 


93 


9 


10 


4 


13 


30 


27 


19 


West Grammar . 






39 


34. 


1 32.78 


:».; 


6 


6 


2 


29 


49 


37 


66 


West Primary 






40 


29.4 


28.36 


90 


15 


7 


4 


6 


23 


19 


50 


Centre Grammar 






19 


14.76 


14.34 


97 


6 


5 


2 


7 


1 


4 


23 


Centre Primary . 






27 


17.8 


17.1 


9t; 


7 


7 


1 


7 


6 


8 


12 


East 






26 


18.64 


17.30 


92 


6 


2 


3 


11 


48 


27 


1 


North 






27 


21.03 


19.63 


93 
95 


74 


6 
70 


1 
28 


3 

188 


13 
252 


8 
260 


26 




334 


262.88 


249.9 


291 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



61 



TABULAR STATEMENT. 




62 SCHOOL REPORT 

Teachers' meetings have been held from time to time and 
the teachers have been addressed by State Agents Walton, Edson 
and Prince on reading, language, school management and topical 
teaching ; by Mr E. A. Cox on music and by the Superintendent 
on various topics. 

CONSOLIDATION OF SCHOOLS. 

Many towns have improved their school advantages greatly 
by consolidating their schools, and few, if any, after giving con- 
solidation a fair trial, have returned to the old order of things. 
Acton, divided as it is into five villages, is not so well situated 
to profit by a movement of this kind as many other towns are. 
Nevertheless, if a school house which would accomodate all the 
pupils in town could be built at some central point to which most 
of the pupils could walk without too great inconvenience, the 
school interests of the town could be advanced as they can in no 
other way except by the rapid growth of the town. It would 
unify the educational interests of the different communities and 
while good home influences would be as effective as ever, wrong 
home influences would fail to have the weight they do under the 
present conditions. Modern methods of teaching under antiquated 
conditions of grading may be desired but they cannot be attained. 
With only two grades in a room a teacher should do her best 
work. Three grades, unless the school is small like those at the 
center, are one too many for effective work, while four grades or 
more taxes teachers of even exceptional ability too much, that is, 
they find it impossible to accomplish the work which they desire 
to do. 

If consolidation cannot be carried so far as the foregoing 
indicates I would suggest again the advisability of consolidating 
the East, North and Center schools. If these four schools could 
be brought together at the center and placed under the charge 
of three teachers, the jmpils would enjoy better school privileges 
than they do now. My inclination is strong to make suggestions 
in regard to the consolidation of the East and the Center schools, 
but the vote against an arrangement of this kind in the 
latest town meeting forbids me to thrust my opinion on the town. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 63 

I wish however to say that the average attendance of pupils at 
the Center schools this year has been eleven more than it was 
the term preceding their consolidation in 1893. 

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE. 

A high degree of success in some of our schools has been 
unattainable because, for various reasons, the right kind of 
discipline has not been maintained. A teacher, in order to 
successfully manage her school, must have a clear idea of what 
good order is and a determination to induce her pupils to act in 
accordance with it. Some teachers have a proper conception of 
what good order is, some do not. Those of the latter class will 
have disorderly schools and the only remedy is another teacher. 
Those of the. former class may or may not have disorderly schools. 
A teacher may have a right idea of good order but lack the proper 
spirit to secure it. It may be lack of energy, it may be the em- 
ployment of wrong motives, or she may lack tact or fail to re- 
ceive the necessary support from parents. When she fails to 
secure order, or to properly instruct her school because she lacks 
some of the necessary qualifications of a teacher, she deserves 
sympathy, but for the sake of her pupils she should give way to 
another teacher. When, however, a teacher has shown to the 
satisfaction of the school authorities, that her ideas of school 
management and instruction are practically correct and that she 
is competent to manage a school well, and that for causes external 
to her school, insubordination appears in her school, the matter 
becomes very serious and warrants more than passing attention. 
A school, which, imbuded with a spirit of insubordination, wages 
a contest with such a teacher, and is successful in any degree in 
its attempts to get the best of the teacher, defeats the main 
purpose for which schools are established and wields a pernicious 
influence not only over pupils of the school, but over pupils of 
other schools in the same town. Application in study depends 
upon good order, and application and good order are the con- 
ditions of successful school work. The true end of school 
government, i. e., self-government cannot be attained unless these 



64 SCHOOL REPORT 

two conditions are secured. To secure good order in a school, it 
is true that different means must be used in different localities, 
but any community should be educated up to the point of sus- 
taining teachers in enforcing obedience in a proper way in the 
school of which he has charge. As far as possible a good teacher 
should be protected from unfavorable home influences especially 
when the supposed grievances are founded on prejudice. In the 
administration of school affairs others beside parents have an 
interest. Many people who are taxed heavily for the support of 
schools have no children to send to them. These people have a 
right to insist that the schools shall, by doing acceptable work, 
give them indirectly a fair return for the wealth which they con- 
tribute towards their support. 

In closing I desire to express my thanks to the Committee 
for their cordial support- and to the teachers for their earnest 
co-operation. 

Respectfully, 

EDWARD DIXON, 

Superintendent of Schools. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 65 



Department of School Supplies, 



To the School Committee : 

The annual report of expenses of this department is respect- 
fully submitted. 

GlNN & Co. 

March 19. 5 Great Retreats, $2 00 

Less 1-6, 33^ 

$1 67 
April 22. 4 doz. copy books, $3 84 

Less 1-6, (M 

3 20' 
May 8. 4 Prince arith., 67 

Postage, 13 

80 
May 27. 28 Academy song books, 26 32 
Less 1-6, 4 39 

21 93 
Sept. 12. 1 Cicero, 1 40 

1 Myer's gen'l history, 1 50 

12 Wentworth sch. algebra 13 44 



Less 1-6, 

Nov. 21. 6 Prince arith. 

Postage, 



16 34 




2 72 






13"62 


1 00 




20 






1 20 



$42 42 



66 



SCHOOL REPORT 



University Pub. Co. 



March 20. 6 Davis 2d reader, 
Less 1-5, 

April 17. 36 The Spy, 
36 Rob Roy, 

Less 1-6, 



$2 40 




48 






$1 92 


4 50 




4 50 




9 00 




1 80 






7 20 



19 12 



J. L. Hammett Co. 



March 20. 


1 doz. Zulu ink, $3 00 


April 21. 


12 


reams 


No. 27 letter, 10 80 




8 


ti 


" 2 practice, 4 64 




8 


u 


" 1 1-2 " 4 64 




5 


a 


" 8 pr. manilla, 2 25 




5 


(C 


" 5 " ' 2 25 



120 lbs.p.manilla 5 1-2x8 1-2,4 50 

3 rms. manilla letter, 1 80 
200 Cornhill pads, 9 00 
76 rms. manilla drw. 6x9, 11 40 
12 " " " 9x12, 3 60 
2 gross sch. pencils, No. 2, 3 00 
10 " " " " 3,15 00 
25 " pens, 8 75 
85 lbs. pads, 7 22 

4 doz. pads, note manilla, 1 60 
10 bxs Middleton fasten's, 2 25 
4 gross drawing pencils, 2, 9 00 
4 " " " 3, 9 00 
1 doz. Zulu ink, 3 00 
4 doz. No. 30 rulers, 50 
100 blank books, No. 60, 4 00 



$3 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 67 



April 21. 100 sh botany drying paper, 1 00 

500 « " mount. " 7x10, 3 75 

1 gross col. pencils, No.799, 5 00 

7 Johnson maps, 7 00 
Colored crayons, 6 10 
150 color books, 6 00 
100 col. paper, standards 3 00 
12 boxes "wild animals," 1 92 
12 " "domestic animals," 1 92 
12 " "birds," 1 92 
12 " "nnmber builders," 1 44 
12 " "sentence " 1 35 
1 Knobles moths, 45 
1 " fishes, 45 

8 sets profile maps, 2 00 



April 2. 10 rms. 6x9 manilla drw. 2 00 

100 Cornhill pads, 4 50 

200 spelling blanks, 2 00 

1 M Middleton fasteners, 2 00 

200 No. 50 compo. books, 4 50 

1 Webster dictionary, 8 50 



May 9. 166 sh col. paper, 4x4, 4 98 

8 color tops, 30 

1 case mucilage, 75 

50 sets AVhite's models, 2, 7 20 



161 50 



23 50 



13 23 

Sept. 21. 20 manilla note books, 1 80 1 80 

Oct. 10. 3 doz. White drw. book, 2, 3 24 
2 00 No. 40 compo. book s, 8 00 

11 24 



68 SCHOOL REPORT 

Nov. 21. 50 sh standard colors, 4x4, $1 50 
1 ink stand, 35 

$1 85 
Feb. 3. 2 cases mucilage, 1 50 1 50 



D. C. Heath & Co. 

April 14. 36 Heart of Oak, No. 1, $9 00 
24 " " » 3, 10 80 











19 80 








Less 1-6, 




3 30 


16 50 


April 


16. 


12 Heart of Oak. No. 


3, 


4 50 


4 50 




28. 


Q 11 U U 


1, 


75 








3 •' ft u 


3, 


1 35 

2 10 








Less 1-6, 




35 


1 75 


Sept. 


14. 


3 "Columbae," 

Postage, 




88 
12 


1 00 


Dec. 


14. 


17 copies "Debacle," 




13 60 








Less 1-6, 




2 26 


11 34 



Silver, Burdett & Co. 

April 14. 5 Nature in Verse, $3 00 $3 00 

16. 12 systematic exp. blanks, 2 50 2 50 



$217 62 



$35 09 



$5 50 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



American Book Co. 



69 



April 13. 36 Irving Sketch Book, $7 20 
Less 1-5, 1 44 

May 23. 90 Harrington spel's, pt. 1, 13 50 
150 " " " 2, 22 50 



Less 1-5, 
Credit by old spellers, 



Sept. 12. 2 Harkness Latin gram., 1 80 
Postage. 22 



Dec. 7. 5 Barnes' l'g geog.. 
Less 1-5, 



!5 76 



36 00 

7 20 


28 80 
5 85 



98 





2 02 


6 25 




1 25 






5 00 



Educational Publishing Co. 

April 11. 33 Mythland, $11 oo 

30 Alice in Wonderland, 22 50 
24 Robinson Crusoe, 9 60 

24 Amer. Hist, stories, 9 24 

36 Little Nell, 14 40 

36 Stories of Mass., 21 60 

24 " " Australasia, 9 60 
30 Intro, to Leaves from 

Nature's Story book, 9 00 

107 29 

Less 1-6, 17 99 



55 76 



89 50 



70 SCHOOL REPORT 

April 16. 12 Stories of Australasia, $4 80 
Less 1-6. 80 



April 27. 2 Stories of Australasia, 
June 20. 12 Alice in Wonderland, 
2 Intro, to Leaves, 



Credit by extra discount, 





$4 00 


67 


67 


6 00 




75 






6 75 




$100 92 


it, 


3 75 



17 



J. R, Wales. 

Sept. 4. Rebinding 262 vols., $39 30 $39 30 $39 30 

DeWolf, Fiske & Co. 

Sept. 15. 8 French diet., $4 00 $4 00 $4 00 

Public School Printing Co. 

Aug. 26. 200 Baldwin report books, $3 40 $3 40 $3 40 

Wm. Ware & Co. 

Dec. 5. 3 Sharpies & Phillips ast. $3 00 
Less 1-6, 50 

$2 50 $2 50 

Miscellaneous. 

W. A. Charles, exp. chgs., $3 85 
N. C. Reed, " " 4 10 

$7 95 

Credit 8 French diet, sold pupils, 

~$495 83 
The supplies now on hand are valued at about $150.00. 

CHAS. J. WILLIAMS, 

Purchasing Agent. 



> $7 95 


$499 83 
4 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 71 



Town Warrant. 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Middlesex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in the 
County of Middlesex. Greeting : 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts, to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town 
of Acton, qualified to vote in elections and town affairs, to assem- 
ble in the Town Hall, in said town, on Monday, the fifth of April, 
A. D., 1897, at nine o'clock a. m., 

Then and there to act upon the following articles, as they may 
think proper, viz : 

ARTICLE 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said 
meeting. 

ART. 2. To aee if the town will accept the reports of the 
Selectmen, Overseers of Poor, School Committee and other tow 
officers. 

ART. 3. To see if the town will authorize the Treasurer, 
with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money for the 
town if necessary, in anticipation of the taxes for the current 
year. 

ART. 4. To see if the town will vote to abolish discount 
on taxes and charge interest on all remaining unpaid Nov. 1, 01 
act anything thereon. 

ART. 5. To choose all necessary town officers and com- 
mittees, and fix salaries. 



<i 



ART. 6. To see if the town will maintain street lamps the 
present year, or act anything thereon. 



72 ANNUAL REPORTS 

ART. 7. To see if the town will accept the Jury list as 
revised by the Selectmen. 

ART. 8. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

ART. 9. To hear and act upon the report of any committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. 

ART. 10. To see if the town will provide transportation 
to the Center school for the pupils of the East school, or do or 
act anything thereon. 

ART. 11. To see if the town will build a shed in Mt. Hope 
Cemetery. 

ART. 12. To see if the town will purchase a chemical 
engine for the west village, or act anything thereon. 

ART. 13. To see what amount of money the town will 
/ raise for the due observance of Memorial day. 

ART. 14. To see if the town will adopt the provisions of 
Sections 20, 21, 22 and 23, of Chapter fifty of the Public Statutes 
in reference to sidewalks, or act anything thereon. 

ART. 15. To vote Yes, or No, in answer to the question, 
shall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in 
town the present year. 

ART. 16. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise for the support of schools the present year, or act anything 
thereon. 

ART. 17. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise for school supplies the present year. 

ART. 18. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the enforcement of the liquor law. 



TOWN OF ACTON, i 6 

ART. 19. To see if the town will rescind the vote passed 
t its April meeting in 1894, to diminish the number of its School 
Committee, and vote to restore it to the number of rive. 

ART. 20. To see what action the town will take in reference 
to continuing the connection with Sturbridge and West Brook- 
field in regard to Supt. of schools. 

ART. 21. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
for the repair of roads and bridges the present year. 

ART. 22. To see what action the town will take in reference 
to tramps. 

ART. 23. To see if the town will replank the bridge on 
the road leading to Michael Hannon, or act anything thereon. 

ART. 24. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise to defray town charges the present year. 

ART. 25. To see if the town will authorize the Selectmen 
to act as its agent in any suit or suits that may be brought against 
^he town and to employ counsel therefor. 

ART. 26. To see if the town will build a tramp house at 
the town farm, or act anything thereon. 



And you are hereby directed to serve this warrant by post- 
ing up copies attested by you in the following places : One in 
each of the Post Offices in the town, one at each, of the Railroad 
Stations in the town, one in each of the Stores of C. H. Mead & 
Co., H. A. Littlefield, Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, M. E. Taylor 
& Co., one at the office of F. J. Hastings & Co., and one at the 
Magog House, seven days at least before the time appointed for 
holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this warrant with 



<4 ANNUAL REPORTS 

your doings thereon, to the Selectmen or Town Clerk, on and 
before the time for holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands in Acton, this twentieth day of March, 
in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and ninety- 
seven. 

E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
ISAIAH HUTCHESTS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 77 



INDEX TO CONTENTS. 



PAGE 

Town Officers, 1896, 3 

Treasurer's Report, 5 

Selectmen's Keport, 9 

List of Jurors. 30 

Report of Overseers of Poor, 31 

Town Clerk's Report, -Births, 34 

Marriages, 35 

Deaths, 37 

Dogs Licensed, 38 

Trustees of Acton Memorial Library, 41 



School Report, 49 

Report of School Committee, 51 

Report of Superintendent, 54 

Department of School Supplies, 65 

Town Warrant for Annual Meeting, 1897, 77 





?K 


^^^~~"~~*~^~^~~«^ 


FOR THE 


Hnnual IReport *- 


Year Ending 


— >> OF THE ^~ 


Marcli 12, 

1898. 

— — — _— — — ^__^_^^__! 


Gown of Bcton, 


JK. 








INDEX TO CONTENTS. 





PAGE 


Town Clerk's Report, ...... 


3 


Births, ......... 


.'! 


Marriages, . . . . 


5 


Deaths, 


6 


Dogs Licensed, ....... 


i 


Transcript of Town Warrants and Town Meetings,'97, 


9-15 


Selectmen's Report, ....... 


10-33 


List of Jnrors, . . . 


34 


Treasurer's Report, ....... 


35 


Overseers of Poor, ....... 


39 


Trustees Acton Memorial Library, ... 


41 


Report of School Committee, ..... 


49 


Financial Statement, 


55 


Report of Superintendent of Schools, 


57 


School Tables, ........ 


64 


Graduation Exercises, ...... 


IK 


Department of School Supplies, .... 


G9 



Town Warrant, 1898 



< o 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 





OF ACTON, 



For the Year Ending March 12, 



1898 



TOGETHER WITH THE 



SCHOOL REPORT 




HUDSON, MASS.: 

The Enterprise Printing Company, 

1894 



Town Clerk's Report. 



BIRTHS REGISTERED IN ACTON IX 1897. 

NO. DATE. NAME OF CHILD. NAME OF PARENTS. 

1. Jan. 4. Ethel Rose King-well. Charles and Rose 

(Hill). 

2. Jan. 11. Wendell Parsons Barrows. Fred M. and Mabel E. 

(Parsons). 

3. Feb- 14. Mary Ella Palmer. Harris M. and Lizzie 

(Butter worth). 

4. Feb. 21. Irma May Durkee. Charles A. and Carrie 

M. (Gilmore). 

5. Feb. 27. Arthur Reginald Abbott. Edward A. and Ellen 

J. (Weaver). 
G. Feb. 27. Edward Leonard Pendergast. 

Francis and Josie A. 
M. (Hayes). 

7. March 3. Vera Frances Blanche Landers. 

Jason F. and Emma 
(Gregory). 

8. March 4. Lilla Belle Page. Harry L. and Lizzie 

E. (Coleman). 

9. March 5. Mable Louise Henderson. John W. and Grace E. 

(Parm enter). 

10. March 13. Isabella Barker Heath. Charles B. and Mary 

A. (Cahill). 

11. March 15. Sarah Ruth Hill. James and Mary J. 

(Mc Arthur). 

12. March 16. Hayes. Michael G. and Kath- 

erineA. (McNerny). 

13. March 17. Elizabeth Theresa Daily. Daniel and Mary 

(Burke). 

14. March 20. Alice Sylvia Robbins. Herbert F. and Bessie 

E. (Foote). 



4 A.NNUAL REPORTS 

NO. DATE. NAME OF CHILD. NAME OF PARENTS. 

15. April V2. Byron Randlett Switzer. Clarence E. and Nina 

M. (Randlett), 
10. April 15. Leslie Merriam Willard. Leonard G. and Em- 

eline (Merriam). 

1 7. April 20. William .lames MeCrossin. Joachim and Margaret 

(Devine). 

18. April 26. John Joseph Baker. Martin and Margaret 

(Hart). 

19. May .'». Leonard Knowlton Brown. Charles W. and Edna 

A. (Knowlton). 

20. May 24. Lauretta Moore. William J. and Mary 

A.(Duignan). 

21. June .'). Mary Ellen Goggin. Edward and Ellen 

(Mahoney). 

22. June 0. John George, Davis. Richard M. and Maud 

L. (Morse). 
2o. June 21. George Kimball Hay ward. Walter E. and Xettie 

F. (Bobbins). 
24. June 22. Clara Elizabeth Tuttle. Horace F. and Carrie 

E. (Taylor). 
2.~>. July 10. Helen Maud Bezanson. David H. and Ida M. 

(Foote). 
20. Aug. 8. Bridget Delia Brady. Edward and Kate (Mc- 

Partlin). 

27. Aug. 7. Ralph Willard Whitcomb. Fred J. and Mary E. 

(Gates). 

28. Oct. 10. Frederick AVilliam Xagle. Frank and Agnes. 

29. Oct. 11, Arno Hazleton Perkins. Albert H. and Ella B. 

(Patterson). 
o0. Oct. 24. Edgar Leroy Barteaux. James E. and Ella 

May (Wilkins). 

31. Nov. 23. John Francis Coughlin. John F. and Mary T. 

^Waldron). 

32. Dec. 4. Harold James Gallagher. Daniel J. and Carth- 

erine (Bulger). 

33. Dec. 4. Carmen Ena Morse. Alfred J. and George- 

ana J. (Beach). 



T0WX OF ACTON 



MARRIAGES REGISTERED IN 1897. 



1. Jan. 



1 ( Edgar J. Blaisdell, 
{ Alice W. Martin, 



2. Jan. 24 



f Frank W. Buttrick, 



'( Cora E. Willis, 

3. Apr. 19 f Thomas King, 
at Maynard j Ellen T. Dalton, 

1 Am ok f Irving V. Whitcomb, 

4. a P i. zo I c Sophia Fletcher, 

r M fi f John White, 
y ( Evelina Davis, 

6. June 2 ( James Tobin, 
at Hudson ( Fannie Bevis, 

7. June 6 J J. Edgar Barteax, 
at Chelmi'd { Ella M. Wilkins, 

Q T O o( Hobart E. Mead, 

8. June 16 | Albertie M preston, 

o t i o < William W. Hern, 

9. July 8] EHzaE Davigj 

10. July 22 ( Axel G. Lundburg, 
at Quincy ( Amanda Lofoendahl, 

11. Aug. 18 i£ ay "^. d £°^i 

fo ( Henrietta E. Cutler, 

Anc- 2Q ^ William S - Ingham, 
A11&, - J '(EthelM. Higgins, 

f Arthur M. Whitcomb, 
\ Ella F. Wetherbee, 

14 Sent ir. i John J. Blue, 

14. &epc. id | Grace M Kimball) 

15. Sept. 29 ( Mathew Steinman, 
at Concord ( Mary O'Neil, 

f Henry L. Livermore, 
( Stella G. Harris, 
( Alfred Hunt, 
( Olive G. Barker, 
( Alfred E. Hanks, 
( Mary E. Penniman, 

Clarence H. Cutler, 
Sarah A. Evans, 



12 



13. Sept. 8 \ 



16. Sept. 29 

17. Oct. 6 

18. Oct. 16 

19. Oct. 20 
at Lex'iiton 



20. Oct. 20 



Bertram D. Hall, 
Grace X. Houghton. 



RESIDENCE. 

Carlisle. 

Acton. 

Sudbury. 

Sudbury. 

Maynard. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Stow. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Littleton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Stow. 

Stow. 

Acton. 

Boston. 

Acton, 

Acton. 

Concord. 

Concord. 

Boxboro. 

Boxboro. 

Boston. 

Boston. 

Concord. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Melrose. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Lexington 
Acton. 

Acton. 
Acton. 



AXNL'AL REPORTS 



21. Oct. 27 

22. Nov. 10 ( 

at Waltham ( 

23. Nov. 24 ( 
at Maynard ( 

24. Dec. 2 J 



25. Dec. 1, 



26. Dec. 2 



H 



27. Dec. 25 ■* 



NAMES. 

f George G. Harrington, 
( Margaret E. Moran, 

Lester N. Fletcher, 

Alma Fountain, 

Michael Tobin, 

Mary Qninlan, 

Alfred W. Davis, 
( Lizzie Morse, 

{Arthur S. Lowden, 
Bertha M. Newton, 
Andrew B. Brazier, 
Mary N. Lucier, 
Frank W. Hoit, 
( Evelyn G. Ward, 



RESIDENCE. 

Groton. 

Grot on. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Acton. 

Concord. 

Acton. 

Boxboro. 

Boxboro. 

Acton. 

Acton. 



DEATHS REGISTERED IN 1897. 



-i. 
30. 



1. Jan. 

2. Jan. 

3. Jan. 

4. Jan. 

5. Feb. 3 

6. March 17 

7. Aug. 19 

8. Sept. 27 

9. Sept. 

10. Oct. 

11. Oct. 

12. Nov. 

13. Dec. 

14. Dec. 

15. Dec. 

16. Dec. 

17. Dec. 



28. 
28. 
29. 
29. 
17. 
18. 
20. 
23. 

07 



NAMES. 

M. Jennie Gates, 


VRS. I 

49 


AGES s 

UOS. DAYS. 

8 2 


George W. Stevens, 
Mary W. Dorrison, 


68 
74 




10 



24 


Lucy Keyes, 
Martha A. Faulkner, 


89 
90 


o 
O 

1 


21 
17 


Child of Michael G. Hayes, 








1 


Martha M. Brooks, 


32 


8 


25 


Mary K. Duggan, 
Levi W. Stevens, 


51 

82 



2 






Amanda B. Glines, 


72 





18 


Harriet E. Merriam, 


oij 


11 





Elbridge G. Parker, 
Emma S. Knowlton, 


76 
43 





13 

•> 


Thomas W. Hammond, 


67 


8 


17 


Nancy Chaffin, 
Lyman D. Bobbins, 
Daniel Maillian, 


78 
31 

82 


2 
9 



28 

23 





TOWN OF ACTOX. 



PERSONS BROUGHT TO ACTON FOE BURIAL. 



NO. 
1. 


DATE OF DEATH. NAME AND RESIDENCE. 

Jan. 23. Mary W. Hosmer of Lancaster, 


VRS. 

r~ — 
i i 


-AGE 

MOS. DAYS. 

11 3 


2. 


Jan. 29. 


Rodney E. Chaplin of Lowell, 


43 








3. 


Feb. 14. 


George F. Keyes of Boxboro, 


59 





18 


4. 


March 17. 


Gorham Barton of Eau Claire, Wis. 








5. 


March 21. 


Harriet E. Whitney of Boxboro, 


80 


4 





(5. 


March 22. 


Lucinda B. Brown of Stoughton, 


86 


11 


3 


7. 


June 15. 


Kate E. Sawyer of Ashland, 


m 


10 


25 


8. 


July 3. 


E. Julius Reed of Boston, 


47 


."> 


14 


9. 


Aug. 21. 


Eliz. Chaftin Hubbard of Lancaster, 


72 


1 





10. 


Nov. 11. 


Alice R, Rawlins of Weymouth, 


41 


.) 


28 


11. 


Dec. 23. 


Lizzie E. Rouillard of Maiden, 


17 


10 


26 



PERSONS HAVING DOGS LICENSED IN 189- 



J. Sterling Moore. 

Jas. F. Stiles. 

Calvin S. Simonds, 1 fern. 

Win. F. Kelley. 

Jas. P. Brown. 

Luke T uttle. 

Mrs. H. Haynes. 

C. H. Morris. 

E. Eddie Fletcher. 

Smith Finney, 2, 1 fern. 

Chas. M. Kimball. 

Frank W. Bulette. 

Charles L. Ford, 3, 2 fern. 



J. Linwood Richardson, 
Frank G. Williams, 3, 1 
Chas. H. Mead. 
Wm. F. Stevens. 
F. H. Temple. 
Daniel H. Farrar. 
A. J. Fletcher. 
Warren H. Jones. 
Solomon L. Dutton. 



1 fern, 
fern. 



A. L. Lawrence. 
Mrs. Lottie C. Flagg. 
Chas. S. Moid ton. 
Solon A. Bobbins. 
Howard E. Faulkner. 
W. B. Manning. 
Adelbert Cutler. 
David C. Harris. 
Mrs. C. A. Harrington 
Daniel Tuttle. 
L. T. Willard. 
Geo. Conant. 
C. INI. Green. 
Chas. F. Shirlanc. 
L. Willis Mead. 
Geo. H. Brooks. 
Lyman Tuttle. 
Chas. H. Wheeler. 
John W. Randall. 
Josephine Nash. 
I. Simonson. 
Anthony I. Coding. 



S AN3TUAL REPORTS 


E. C. Shapley. 


0. A. Knowlton. 


Walter M. French. 


F. K. Knowlton. 


Jeremiah McCarty. 


D. Mahoney. 


Abel Cole. 


Chas. J. Williams. 


Win. S. Fletcher. 


Fred S. Whitcomb. 


L. S. Hosmer. 


Wm. J. Hayes. 


E. Hanson. 


Andrew Peterson. 


J. E. Hannon. 


Webster C. Robbins. 


Win. S. Jones. 


C. W. Martin, Jr. 


Elnathan Jones. 


M. E. Penniman. 


Ji.W. Murphy. 


Mrs. Yarney. 


Frank Pratt. 


John Coughlin. 


F. J. Taylor. 


W. W. Philbrick. 


Tuttles, Jones and Wetherbee, 


Wm. H. Lawrence, 1 fern. 


George W. Worster. 


H. A. Littlefield. 


Luther Conant. 


Wm. Barnes. 


A. D'usseault. 


W. J. Moore. 


J. E. Durkee. 


W. B. Holt. 


M. G. Hayes. 


A. Risso. 


Constance O'Neil. 


A. L. Tuttle. 


H. M. Smith. 


F. R. Stevens. 


M. E. Taylor. 


S. H. Taylor. 


C. B. Bobbins. 


Maurice Lane, 1 fern. 


]). J. Gallagher. 


S. B. Ineson. 


Wm, H. Hill, 1 fern. 


May L. Calder. 


John Greer. 


Chas. Calder. 


Chas. A. Taylor. 


1). Duignan, 1 fern. 


Fred. E. Howland, 2. 




95 males at $2, 


$190 00 


10 females at $5, 


50 00 


Total 105, 


$240 00 



Xotk. — To make the registration as complete as possible, the 
Town Clerk requests information of any omission or errou in the 
lists of births, marriages and deaths. 

Note.— In accordance with Section 8, Chap. 32, of the Public 
Statutes, the Town Clerk hereby gives notice that he is prepared 
to furnish to all physicians, midwives and persons applying 
therefor, blanks for the return of births. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Toivn Clerk. 

Acton, Jan. 1, 1898. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 

TOWN MEETING MATTERS. 



Proceedings of the Town Meeting Held April 5, 1897. 

Lyman C. Taylor and Abram Tuttle were sworn as tellers by 
the Clerk. 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator. Lutlier Conant was chosen 
Moderator. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will accept the reports of the Select- 
men, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee and other town 
officers. 

Voted to accept their reports. 

Art. 3. To see if the town will authorize the Treasurer, with 
the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money for the town if 
necessary, in anticipation of the taxes for the current year. 

Voted that the Town Treasurer be authorized to borrow, in an- 
ticipation of taxes for the year 1897, such sums of money as may 
be needed from time to time for the current expenses of the town, 
paying therefor the current market rate of interest, giving the 
note or notes of the town therefor, signed by the Treasurer and 
countersigned by at least a majority of the Selectmen, to be paid 
from the taxes to be raised in the year 1897. 

Art. 4. To see if the town will vote to abolish discount on 
taxes and charge interest on all remaining unpaid Nov. 1 or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted that the Collector charge interest at the rate of six per 
centum per annum on all taxes remaining unpaid after the first 
day of November next. 

Voted that all taxes shall be paid on or before the first day of 
March next, and if any taxes remain unpaid after that date the 
Collector shall collect the same according to law. 

Art. 5. To choose all necessary town officers and committees 
and fix salaries. 

The following town officers were chosen on one ballot : 

Town Clerk, Horace F. Tuttle. 

Town Treasurer, Jona. K. W. Wetherbee. 

Selectmen, E. Faulkner Conant, William F. Stevens, David C. 
Harris. 

Assessors, Anson C. Piper, William F. Stevens, James B. 
Tuttle. 



1<) ANNUAL REPORTS 

Overseers of the Poor, Lyman Tuttle, Moses A. Heed, Edwin 
C. Parker. 

Collector of Taxes, Williani F. Stevens. 

Road Commissioner for 3 years, Isaac S. Ford. 

Auditor, Hiram J. Flapgood. 

School Committee for 3 years, Horace F. Tuttle. 

Constables, James Kinsley, Moses A. Eeed, William F. Stevens, 
Reuben L. Eeed. 

Cemetery Committee, John Fletcher, Levi W. Stevens, Horace 
F. Tuttle. 

Fence Viewers, Daniel H. Farrar, Reuben L. Reed. 

Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves, Herbert T. 
Clark, Jona. P. Fletcher, Edgar H. Hall, Edward F. Richardson. 

Trustee of Memorial Library for 3 years, Lucius A. Hesseltom 

F. C. Nash, F. P. Wood and Reuben L. Reed were chosen a 
committee to enforce the li ]uor laws. 

Voted that the salary of the Collector of Taxes for the ensuing 
3 r ear be fixed at $ 150, the same to include posting the town war- 
rants, enforcing the dog law and all other duties heretofore be- 
longing to said officer. 

Voted that the salary of the Road Commissioner for the ensu- 
ing year be twenty-five cents per hour employed. 

Voted that the town furnish tools for work on the roads. 

Art. 6. To see if the town will maintain street lamps the pres- 
ent year or act anything thereon. Voted A to raise $400 for the 
maintenance of street lamps and that it be expended in the same 
manner as last year. 

Art. 7. To see if the town will accept the jury list as revised 
by the Selectmen. 

Voted to accept the jury list as revised by the Selectmen and 
printed in the town report. 

Art. 8. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
the support of the Memorial Library the present year. 

Voted to raise $400 for running expenses and $200 for the pur- 
chase of books. 

Art. 9. To hear and act upon the report of any committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. 

Heard the report of the committee on enforcement of the liquor 



TOWX OF ACTON. 11 

A vote of thanks was given to the committee for their faithful 
and efficient service the past year. 

Art. 10. To see if the town will provide transportation to the 
Centre schools for the pupils of the East school, or do or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted to raise a sum of money not exceeding $10 per school 
week for the transportation of the pupils of the East school to 
the Centre schools. 

Art. 11. To see if the town will build a shed in Mt. Hope 
Cemetery. 

Voted that the Selectmen build a shed in Mt. Hope Cemetery. 

Art. 12. To see if the town will purchase a chemical engine 
for the west village or act anything thereon. 

Voted that the Selectmen, the Moderator, with nine others to 
be appointed by him, be a committee to examine and test a chemi- 
cal lire engine. 

Voted to give this committee authority to purchase at a cost 
not exceeding $500 if considered expedient. The Moderator ap- 
pointed the following persons members of the committee : D. H. 
Hall, H. A. Littlefleld, 0. W. Mead, Jona. P. Fletcher, Anson C. 
Piper, Lucius A. Hesselton, M. E. Taylor, James B. Tuttle, W. 
C. Eobbins. 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
for the due observance of Memorial Day. 

Voted to appropriate $100. 

Art. 14. To see if the town will adopt the provisions of sec- 
tions 20, 21, 22 and 23 of Chap. 50 of the Public Statutes in 
reference to sidewalks or act anything thereon. 

Voted to dismiss the article. 

Art. 15. To vote "Yes" or "No" in answer to the question 
shall license be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in 
town the present year. 

Whole number of ballots cast, 135. "Yes," 24 ; "No," 111. 

Art. 16. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
the support of schools the present year or act anything thereon. 
Voted that the following sums of money be raised and appropri- 
ated for the following purposes: For common schools, $2,840; 
for high school, $1,600; for transportation of S. E. pupils, $270; 
for transportation of E. pupils, $240; for apparatus for W T 
school, $100 ; for salary of Superintendent, $465. 



12 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Art. 17. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
school supplies the present year. 

Voted to raise $475. 

Art. 18. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of money 
for the enforcement of the liquor laws. 

Voted to appropriate $500. 

Art. 19. To see if the town will rescind the vote passed at its 
April meeting, in 1894, to diminish the number of its School 
Committee and vote to restore it to the number of five. 

The article was divided. Voted, 1st, to rescind the vote where- 
by the town voted to diminish the number of its School Commit- 
tee to three ; 2d, to dismiss the rest of the article. 

Art. 20. To see what action the town will take in reference to 
continuing the connection with Sturbridge and "West Brookfield 
in regard to Superintendent of Schools. 

A motion to discontinue did not prevail. 

Art. 21. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
the repair of roads and bridges the present year. Voted to raise 
88.000. 

Art. 22. To see what action the town will take in reference to 
tramps. 

Voted that the town enforce the tramp law. 

Art. 23. To see if the town will re plank the bridge on the 
road leading to Michael Hannon's or act anything thereon. 

Voted to appropriate $25.75 for replanking the bridge on the 
private way leading to the house of Michael Hannon if it can be 
done without assuming any liability thereby, as a public way. 

Art. 24. To see what amount of money the town will raise to 
defray town charges the present year. 

Voted to raise $6,000. 

Art. 25. To see if the town will authorize the Selectmen to 
act as its agent in any suit or suits that may be brought against 
the town and to employ counsel therefor. 

Voted that the Selectmen be authorized to employ counsel and 
to act as the agent of the town in any suit or suits that may be 
brought against it, and that they also be authorized to appear in 
behalf of the town at any public hearing in which the town may 
have interests. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 13 

Art. 26. To see if the town will build a tramp house at the 
town farm or act anything thereon. 
Voted to dismiss the article. 

Voted that a copy of the record of the proceedings of the an- 
nual meeting of the town be printed in the annual report. 
Voted to dissolve the meeting. 

A true record attest, 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 



Proceedings of Meeting Held Nov. 2, 1897, in Precincts 

NOS. 1, 2 AND 3. 



\ OTES. 

For Governor. 





Free. 1. 


Free. 2. 


Free. 3 


Total- 


George Fred Williams, 


14 


6 


6 


26 


Roger Wolcott, 


(>5 


64 


70 


199 


William Everett, 


7 


5 


1 


13 


John Bascom, 





1 


2 


:; 


Blanks, 


2 


1 


2 


5 


For Lieut. Governor. 










Christopher Callahan, 


15 


5 


6 


26 


W. Murray Crane, 


64 


64 


(56 


194 


James E. Cotter, 


5 


6 





11 


Willard 0. Wylie, 





1 


2 


3 


Blanks. 


4 


1 


7 


12 


For Secretary. 










Charles D. Nash, 


14 


6 


4 


24 


Bernard M. Wolf, 


5 


5 





10 


William M. Olin, 


63 


62 


65 


190 


Edwin Sawtell, 





9 

— 


3 


5 


Blanks, 


6 


2 


9 


17 


For Treasurer. 










Thomas A. Watson, 


15 


5 


4 


24 


Horace P. Tobey, 


5 


5 


1 


11 


Edward P. Shaw, 


61 


63 


62 


186 


Robert C. Habberley, 


1 





2 


3 


Blanks, 





4 


12 


•><> 



14 ANNUAL 


REPORTS 








For Auditor. 












Prec. i. 


Prec. 2. 


Prec. 3. 


Total 


Harry Douglas, 


5 


5 


1 


11 


John W. Kimball, 


62 


64 


63 


189 


Joseph H. Sheldon, 


14 


5 


4 


23 


Herbert M. Small, 








2 


2 


Blanks, 


7 


3 


11 


21 


For Attorney General. 










Hosea M. Knowlton, 


63 


62 


63 


188 


William W. McClench, 


6 


5 


1 


12 


John A. O'Keefe, 


12 


5 


4 


21 


Wolcott Hamlin, 


1 





3 


4 


Blanks, 


6 


5 


10 


21 


For Councillor. 










Elisha H. Shaw, 


62 


63 


59 


184 


Luther Conant, 






1 


1 


Blanks, 


26 


14 


21 


61 


For Senator. 










William H. Brigham, 


61 


62 


64 


187 


Alvan Fisher, 


15 


7 


6 


28 


Blanks, 


12 


8 


11 


31 


For Representative in- 










General Court. 










Frank H. Whitcomb, 


60 


63 


72 


195 


Scattering, 


2 




1 





Blanks, 


2(j 


14 


8 


48 


County Commissioner. 










Samuel 0. Upham, 


64 


49 


50 


169 


Blanks, 


24 


28 


25 


80 


Register of Deeds. 










Edwin 0. Childs, 


64 


53 


49 


166 


Blanks, 


24 


24 


32 


80 


County Treasurer. 










Joseph 0. Hayden, 


63 


50 


47 


160 


Blanks, 


25 


27 


34 


S6 


Total number of Ballots cast, 


88 


77 


81 


246 



A true copy of the records returned and attested by the several 
precinct clerks. 

Attest HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 



TOWS OF ACTOX. 15 

Vote of District No. 23 for Kepresentative in General Court as 
determined and declared at the Town Clerks' meeting at Ayer, 
Nov. 12, 1897 : 

Frank H.WllitCOmb Acton. Ayer. Littleton. Shirley. Westford. Total 

of Acton, 195 147 85 90 91 608 

Scattering, 3 1.1 1 G 

Blanks, 48 95 10 17 42 212 

Total, 240 243 90 107 134 820 



lft ANNUAL REPORTS 



Selectmen's Report 



Citizen* of Acton : 

We respectfully submit to you our annual report, with the 
town out of debt, a-nd a small balance in the Treasury. 

Centre School. 



Paid Helena J. Sloan, teacher 36 weeks. 

Florence N. Day, teacher 36 weeks. 
Julian Tattle, janitor, 
• Julian Tuttle, cleaning rooms, 
Julian Tuttle, cleaning vault. 
Julian Tuttle. cutting wood, 
George Greenough. 2,560 lbs. coal, 
George Greenough, 1-4,325 lbs. of coal, 
M. E. Taylor cY. Co., 1 broom. 
M. E. Taylor vis: Co., 1 thermometer, 
M. E. Taylor & Co.. oil. 



Noktb School. 

Paid Ella L. Miller, teacher 12 weeks, 

Ella L. Miller, teacher 24 'weeks. 

» 

Frank Pendergast, cleaning house. 
Frank Pendergast, janitor, 
Clarence Smith, janitor, 

Allen G. Smith, cleaning vault. 
E. Jones & Co.. 6,330 lbs. coal, 
E. Jones & Co.. delivering coal, 
M. E. Taylor & Co.. glass, 
M. E. Taylor £ Co., 2 dippers, 



S360 


00 


360 


00 


75 


00 


o 
O 


00 


1 


00 


1 


50 


t 


94 


42 


9(5 




33 




15 




10 



$851 98 



$96 00 


240 00 


5 00 


1 50 


30 00 


1 00 


17 09 


3 17 


12 


10 



$393 98 



TOWN OF ACTOX. 17 



East School. 
Paid Rose Standish, teacher 12 weeks, 
Janitor, 

Luther Davis, wood, 
Cutting, 



South School. 

Paid Hattie L. Tuttle, teacher (Grammar) 36 weeks, 
Lilla Keniston, teacher (Primary) 30 weeks, 
Helen E. Greenwood, teacher (asst. Primary) 

7 2-5 weeks. 
C. L. Bradford, janitor, 
C. L. Bradford, cleaning rooms, 
Elvin Tuttle, wood, 
F. J. Hastings & Cs., 19,532 lbs. coal, 
F. J. Hastings & Co., 2.607 lbs. coal, 
Elvin Tuttle, wood, 



West School. 

Paid Harriet Gardner, teacher, (Primary) 36 weeks, 
Ida A. Hapgood, teacher (Grammar) 8 1-5 weeks. 
Lina B. Taylor, teacher (Grammar) 4~weeks, 
Lina B. Taylor, teacher (Grammar) 8 1-10 weeks, 
Mary R. Burke, teacher (Grammar) 15 4-5 weeks, 
Alzora Jacobs, teacher (Intermediate) 13 weeks, 
E. C. Parker & Co., 31,570 lbs. coal, 
E. C. Parker & Co., 3,280 lbs. coal, 
A. W. Wetherbee, wood, 
Thomas Scanlon, janitor, 
H. H. Hall, wood, 
Thomas Scanlon. cleaning rooms, 

" " wood, 

" " water supply, 

H. A. Littleheld, 4 brooms, 

" " 1 thermometer, 

" " 3 baskets, 



$120 00 


14 00 


8 50 


4 0O 



$146 50 



$360 00' 


360 


00 


51 


80 


90 


00 


5 


00* 


o 
o 


50 


cs 


64 


7 


5£ 


15 


75- 



$950 



$360 00 


82 


00 


40 00 


97 


20 


158 00 


130 00* 


89 


9& 


9 


84 


6 


00< 


88 


00 


1 


25 


8 


00 


5 


00 


5 




1 


00 




15 


o 


91* 



18 ANNUAL REPORTS 

PaidC. H. Mead & Co., 5 brooms, $1 57 

" " 3 brushes, 1 22 

" " 1 pail, 40 

" mucilage, 10 

" ink and pencils, 60 

" 1 thermometer, 15 



n 



High School. 



$1,088 04 



Paid W. A. Charles, principal, 




$1,000 00 


F. Florence Fletcher, assistant teacher, 


450 00 


C. L. Bradford, janitor, 




90 00 


J. F. Hastings & Co., 19,533 lbs, 


. coal, 


r)6 w 


2,608 lbs, 


coal, 


7 5G 


Arthur Tuttle, orchestra, 




13 00 


' A. L. Noyes, 




6 00 


J. L. Hammett & Co., 




13 87 


C. F. Bradford, cleaning rooms, 




5 75 




$ 1,642 83 


School Supplies. 




Paid American Book Co.. 




$57 83 


Ginn & Co., 




34 54 


Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 




10 55 


J. L. Hammett Co., 




200 48 


D. C. Heath & Co., 




50 29 


Leach, Shewell & Sanborn, 




14 93 


Silver, Burdett & Co., 




84 38 


J. R. Wales, 




6 00 


Express Co., 




5 05 


A. L. Noyes, express, 




8 00 


M. E. Taylor & Co., twine, 




33 



$472 38 



Scientific Apparatus and Books of Reference. 
Paid De Wolfe, Fiske & Co., $28 34 

Zeigler Electric Co., 67 24 

Express Co., 2 81 

$98 39 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



19 



Transportation of Scholars. 
Paid J. Mekkelsen, (East), 

W. S. Jones, (South, East), 



$240 00 
270 00 

$510 00 



State and Military Aid 



raid W. B. Ball, (Chap. 279, Acts 1889), 


$182 50 


Emma F. Blood, (Chap. 301, Acts 1889), 


48 00 


Lydia Handley, " 


48 00 


George Handley, " 


48 00 


Sarah E. Handley, " 


48 00 


Maria Kingsley, " 


48 00 


Bridget Mawn, " 


48 00 


Eliza J. Shattuck, " 


48 00 


Luke Smith, 


48 00 


Mary Smith, " 


48 00 


Allen G. Smith, " 11 months 


i, 44 00 


Phebe Wood, " 


48 00 


Rebecca C. Wright, " 


48 00 


Addison B. Wheeler, " 


48 00 




$802 50 


Memorial Library. 




BOOKS AND MAGAZINES. 




Paid De Wolfe, Fiske & Co.. 


$197 42 


J. W. Tewksbury, Agt., 


100 91 


H. D. Noyes & Co., 


31 05 


Estes & Lauriat, 


1 G7 


Perry Mason & Co., 


1 75 




$332 80 


Town appropriation, $200 00 




Interest from Wm. Wilde fund, 232 80 






$432 80 


Less expended, 


332 80 



$100 00 



20 



A XX L" AL REPORTS 



RUNNING EXPENSES. 

Paid 0. D. Wood, janitor, 

Viola S. Tuttle, librarian, 

D. A. Cutler, transporting books, 

Ethel M. Cutler, transporting books, 

W. A. Wilde &. Co., cards, 

W. E. Parker, slips, 

J. R. Wales, binding magazines, 

Viola S. Tuttle, curtain, 

F. J. Hastings & Co., coal, 

M. E. Taylor & Co., oil and incidentals, 

M. E. Taylor cS; Co., oiling floor, 

Wm. Tuttle, express, 

Lowell Morning Mail, printing catalgoues, 

A. F. Davis, work on catalogue, 

F. P. Wood, 

Viola S. Tuttle, 

Ida A. H. Tuttle, " 

Mrs. Frank Fiske, " 

Wm. D. Tuttle, " 



Town appropriation, 
Fines, 
Catalogues sold, 



Less amount unexpended for books, 
Overdrawn, 



$100 0O 
101 00 

7 00 
27 00 

50 

00 

95 

25 

79 

95 

00 

5 m 

165 00' 

50 49 

8 17 
8 76 

16 20 

14 5S 

4 08 



8 
4 
4 
1 

43 
17 





$590 28 


$400 00 




14 00 




21 75 






$435 75 




$154 53 




100 00 



$54 53r 



Loans and Interest. 

Paid First National Bank of Ayer, 
John A. Po wen, 
H. A. Gray, 
Mrs. W. W. Davis, 
F. H. Jones, 



$5,130 00 


50 00 


507 57 


5 00 


65 00 


$5,757 57 



TOWN OF ACTON. 21 



Street Lamps. 
Paid Acton Centre Improvement Society, 61, 
West Acton Street Lighting Association, 60, 
Henry Barker, 2, 

E. I. Banks, 

Estate of J. A. Bowen, 

G. Clark, 

S. A. Christie, 

L. V. Clough, 2, 

W. F. Pessault, 

I. F. Duren, 

Mrs. Lottie Flagg, 

J. P. Fletcher, 2, 

A. J. Fletcher, 

Abel Farrar, 

H. A. Gray, 

J). C. Harris, 

H. J. Hapgood, 

Francis Hosmer, 

L. S. Hosmer, 

L. A. Hesselton, 

F. J. Hastings, 
A. H. Jones, 
E. Jones, 

C. M. Kimball, 
George II. Keyes, 
Mrs. M. E. Lothrop, 
J. D. Monlton, 
Albert Moulton, 
Frank Merriam, 
A. Merriam, 2, 
A. C. Piper, 

E. X. "Bobbins, 
O. S. Simonds. 
Edwin Tarbell, 
Mrs. Lottie Tolman, 

F. Z. Taylor, 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 3, 
Universalist Society, South Acton, 
George "W. Worster, 2, 
W. S. Warren, 



$147 62 


145 20 


4 84 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


4 84 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


4 84 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


4 84 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


2 42 


7 26 


2 42 


4 84 


2 42 



$401 72 



22 annual reeorts 

Cemetery Expenses. 

Paid Julian Tuttle, for work in Woodlawn, 
W. A. Snow & Co., settees, 

" " sign posts, 

" " 1 vase, Handley lot, 

John "Fletcher, flowers, Handley lot, 

" " plants, 

" " freight on settees, vase and signs. 

" " freight on plants, 

O. D. Wood, labor, 

E. Jones & Co., cement and lime, 

Levi W. Stevens, for work in Mt. Hope, 

Estate of Levi W. Stevens, for work in Mt. Hope, 

F. W. Green, work in Mt. Hope, 
Julian Tuttle, work in No. Acton, 

■ W. "B. Holt, repairing pump in Mt. Hope, 



Poor ox Farm. 



$150 42 


24 00 


10 50 


10 00 


9 


20 


15 


90 


1 


39 




70 


9 


50 


9 


or 


101 


76 


15 


70 


1 


20 


4 


2r> 


1 


50 



$358 09 



1 Moses Thompson, labor, 


$304 17 


" " fish, 


7 60 


" corn, 


1 92 


" " potatoes, 


1 80 


" " soap powder, 


3 50 


" " soap powder, 


30 


" " whip, 


25 


" " brushes, 


80 


" " ointment, 


25 


J. Jacobs, labor, 


96 00 


E. C. Parker & Co., 4 cows, 


173 00 


O. H. Forbush, 2 cows, 


97 50 


J. B. Tuttle, 2 cows, 


106 75 


Charles Calder, labor, 


24 00 


E. C. Parker & Co., grain, 


264 54 


M. E. Taylor & Co., store bill, 


319 43 


Tufctles, Jones & Wetherbee, store bill, 


109 00 


Luke Tuttle, barrels, 


12 6o 


W. E. Whitcomb & Co., meat, 


53 57 


Lyman Tuttle, washing machine, 


10 00 



TOWN OF ACTOX. 



PaidE. Jones & Co., 




$21 01 


J. A. McPherson, blacksmith, 




7 05 


C. E. Switzer, 




2 90 




$1,(518 59 


Outside Poor. 






Paid Abel Farrar, care Eben Jones. 




$500 00 


Mass. Hospital, E. P. Hunt, 




37 96 


Wes thorough Hospital, Mary Coughlin, 




14 86 


Worcester Lunatic Hospital, Anna Parlin, 




169 40 


Worcester Insane Asylum, Clara Wheeler, 




169 40 


Lyman Tuttle, aid for A. Matson, 




6 20 


E. Jones & Co., aid for F. Xogle, 




1 ,X5 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, aid for F. Nogle, 


10 07 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, aid for Frank Smith. 


22 5;; 


W. E. Whitcomb & Co., " 


a 


1 16 


Tuttle & Jones, " 


u 


2.1 00 


A. H. Jones, " 


u 


2 08 


C. H. Mead & Co., " Mrs. 


, Smith 


7 20 


C. H. Mead & Co., " E. L 


i. Wheeler. 3 66 


Hall Bros., " " 


a 


1 25 


F. J. Barker, medical attendance on Eben Jones, 


4 25 


" ' " « Frank Smith, 


1 25 


Lyman Tuttle, expenses to Boston, 




1 50 


" " Hudson, 




50 


" " Tewksbury, 




2 40 


u " Lancaster, 




J 50 


" " Peterboro, 




3 62 


" " Lowell, 




1 00 
$ 1,044 85 


Repairs on Publto Buildings axd < 


jtROFXDS. 


Paid Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, farm, 




$29 72 


E. Jones & Co., " 




20 35 


E. C. Parker & Co., 




01 55 


Robert Wayne, " 




17 50 


W. B. Holt, 




22 91 


0. D. Wood, 




4 20 



24 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Paid J. W. Henderson, farm. 
" library. 

E. Jones & Co.. 
O. D. Wood. 

E. M. Parker. West school Louse. 
Francis Jones. 

Geo. G. Keith. 

W. B. Holt. 

H. T. Clark, 

Warren Houghton. " 

H. A. Littlefield, 

C. H. Mead & Co., " 

W. B. Holt. 

F. E. Harris. 
Thos. Scanlon. " 
C. L. Bradford, South 
C. J. Williams. 
J. W. Henderson, 
Samuel Jones, Jr.. 
George G. Keith. 



rounds. 



pump. 



grounds. 



F. /. Taylor. 
Francis Jones. 
John Temple. Centre 
Francis Jones. 
Spoffbrd Bobbins. 
M. E. Tavlor & Co.. 
M. A. Reed. 
C. J. Williams. East 
Francis Jones. North " 
Waldo P. Lapham. 

Tuttles. Jones & Wetherbee, North school house, 

South 
W. B. Davis, hall 
W. B. Holt. Common pump. 

G. G. Keith. 
Julian Tuttle. '• 
Win. Kingslev. 

M. A. Heed. 

Samuel Jones. Jr.. South engine house. 

I>. 0. Harris, stone, 

J. A. McBlierson. repairing pump. 



$8 


90 


— 
< 


55 


1 


94 


1 00 


2 


78 


:; 


.M. 


14 04 


— 




24 08 


24 01 


2 


4:; 


6 


65 


4»"> 1<» 


L10 


39 


o 
O 


50 


>» 


00 




25 


o 


50 


101 


2:. 


2 




1 


50 


12 


72 


1 


55 


3 


On 


1 50 




30 


1 


50 


• I 


.".." 


1 


50 


G 


, •"» 




10 


1 


13 




50 


16 


21 


14 


60 



4 'jo 

9 38 

4 00 

3 75 

7 li» 

1 00 

$650 42 



fOAVN OF ACTON. 

Town Officers. 

Paid H. F. Tuttle, clerk, 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, treasurer, 

E. Faulkner Conant, selectman, 

Wm. F. Stevens, " 

David C. Harris, " 

James B. Tuttle, assessor, 

Wm. F. Stevens, " 

Anson C. Piper, " 

Lyman Tuttle, overseer of poor, 

Edwin C. Parker, " 

Moses A. Eeed, " 

Charles J. Williams, school committee, 

Isaiah Hutchins, " 

Horace F. Tuttle, " 

Edward Dixon, superintendent of schools, 

Moses A. Reed, inspector of cattle, 

Moses A. Eeed, constable, 

H. F. Clark, special police, 

H. F. Tuttle, registrar of voters, 

Julian Tuttle, " 

James McGreen, " 

F. H. Whitcomb, " 

S. A. Guilford, " 

R. L. Reed, constable, 

W. F. Stevens, constable, 

W. F. Stevens, collector of taxes, 

H. J. Hapgood, auditor, 

F. C. Nash, liquor committee, 

T. F. Newton, election officer, 

H. J. Hapgood, " 



K J. Cole, 


a 


L. E. Reed, 


a 


S. A. Guilford, 


it 


W. F. Kelley, 
Jas. Kingsley, 
C. B. Stone, 


it 

a 
a 


H. F. Tuttle, 


it 


L. C. Taylor, 
E. A. Phalen, 


it 
it 


Arthur Tuttle, 


a 



$30 00 


80 00 


95 00 


50 00 


50 00 


50 00 


30 00 


30 00 


50 00 


20 00 


20 00 


70 27 


15 00 


15 00 


465 00 


93 15 


9 00 


3 00 


15 00 


12 00 


12 00 


6 00 


6 00 


24 30 


2 00 


150 00 


6 00 


25 00 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


$1,463 72 



26 annual reports 

Printing. 

Paid Enterprise Printing Co., reports, $80 00 

warrants, 7 50 

Augustine Hosmer, 18 88 

Samuel Hobbs & Co., . G 60 

J. L. Hammett Co., 1 6o 

Courier-Citizen Co., 6 00 



lioADS and Bridges. 

Paid Wm. Kingsley, labor, 
J. MePherson, blacksmith, 
C. E. Switzer, blacksmith, 
]). C. Harris, stone, 
Arthur Davis, painting guide boards, 
E. Jones & Co., lumber, 
I. S. Ford, labor, 
C. Fay Hay ward, gravel, 
B. C. Brown, gravel, 
Heirs of W. F. Conant, gravel, 
E. Jones & Co., brick, 
J. P. Brown, blacksmith, 
Tattles, Jones & Wetherbee, pipe, 
X. Littleheld, labor, 
Wm. Kingsley, labor, 

E. Jones & Co., lumber, 

S. A. Guilford, blacksmith, 

F. H. Whitcomb, gravel, 
A. F. Blanchard, gravel, 
Jerry McCarthy, gravel, 
John Fletcher, gravel, 

• lames Devane, painting guide boards, 
H. T. Clark, labor on guide boards, 



Soldiers' Relief. 
Paid City of Marlboro, for W. F. B. Whitney, 

Y)v. I. Hutchins, medical attendance on Bebecca 
C. Wright, 

$38 42 





$120 63 


$970 18 




7 80 




4 29 




8 80 




3 25 




1 46 


$995 78 


$964 81 




22 80 




2 40 




5 00 




1 53 




11 80 




7 40 


1,015 74 


$955 22 




8 50 




93 




14 67 




6 35 




8 80 




2 00 




3 20 




2 00 




1 50 


1,003 17 




$3,014 69 


y, 


$10 00 


i Bebecca 






28 42 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Miscellaneous Expenses. 



Paid R. L. Reed, court fees, 
James Kingsley, court fees, 
James R. Cole, breaking out roads, 
Shirley Jones, " 

I. S. Ford, 

Francis Pratt, " 

N. Littlefielcl, " 

H. A. Gould, 

Fred S. Whitcomb, " 

A. H. Perkins, " 

C. O'Neil, 

Wm, Kingsley, " 

Thomas McCarthy, 

W. C. Bobbins, " 

A. C. Piper, " 

J. T. & R. E. Joslin, legal advice, 

F. C. Nash, expenses enforcing liquor laws, 

James Hill, care of hall, 

" " " clock, 

" " " flag, 

Rex Fire Extinguisher Co, chemical, 
J. L. Bradley, 11 hand chemical', 

D. H. Hall, testing chemical, 

C. L. Bradford, attending registrar meeting, 

" " cleaning clock, 

H. C. Sherwin, court fees, 
Edward Dixon, postage and stationery, . 
Dennison Mfg. Co., labels, 
Samuel Ward Co., paper, 
M. Harmon, cleaning vault, 
J. A. Bowen, acid, 
C. H. Persons, piano cover, 

" " . tuning piano, 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 3 shovels, 



a 



a u u ;> 

a u it 9 



3 shovels, 

1 rake, 
hooks, 
picks, 





27 


$o 


40 


9 82 


44 


00 


6 


38 


55 


08 


32 


10 


28 


07 


15 


95 


<>o 


01) 


16 ID 


23 


28 


46 50 


31 


04 


63 


55 


9 


00 


11 


00 


73 


02 


57 


00 


15 


00 


5 


00 


too 


00 


75 


00 


12 


74 


1 


50 


1 


00 


5 


6G 


11 


66 


.) 


67 


1 


5^y 


9 

—i 


00 


3 


83 


o 


50 


2 


00 


1 


86 


1 


59 




35 


1 


05 


2 


00 



28 ANNUAL BEPOBTS 

Paid Tuttles. Jones & AYetherbee, 1 hoe, 
" " 1 shovel, 

" " 1 handle, 

" " 1 fork, 

" " 1 pick, 

" " " 1 pair shears, 

H. A. Littlefield, 6 shovels, 
" " 2 hooks, 

"2 rakes, 
1 pick, 
" 1 pick, 

3 shovels, 
" 2 picks, 
" 2 hooks, 
" 3 shovels, 
. M. E. Taylor & Co.. 2 rakes, 
" " 1 hoe, 

Isaac Davis Post, 
F. S, Blanchard & Co., book, 
Horace Partridge, flags, 
N. J. Cole, soda, 
D. C. Harris, repairing clock, 

" " 4 posts, 

Geo. W. Thibbets, casting for scraper. 
W. H. Hill, watching fire, 
Win. Coons, " 

Francis Davis, " 
Lowell Tnttle, " 
Library Bureau, 
Gutta Percha Eubber Mfg. Co., 
Jas. Devane, repairing and painting hearse, 
W. F. Stevens, 5 books, 
Thomas Scanlon, attending meeting, 
A. H. Jones, 

X. M. Allen, repairing and cleaning clock. 
Samuel Jones, Jr., 
Nathan Johnson, 
F. W. Billings, care fire engine, 
James Hill, " " 



$ 


20 




80 




10 




60 




58 


1 


50 


4 


32 




74 




80 


1 


0o 




90 


1 


74 


1 


80 




74 


2 


16 




80 




40 


100 00 


1 


50 


4 


12 


6 


35 


1 


50 


1 


00 


1 


75 


•> 


50 


o 


50 


2 


50 


1 


75 


5 


63 




90 


33 


50 


(') 


90 




50 


Q 

t) 


20 


o 


75 


1 


80 


3 


50 


4 


20 


4 


00 



TOWN OF A ("FOX. 29 



Paid J. B. Tuttle, copying poll tax list, 
F. E. Harris, shed in Mt. Hope, 
Fred Norris, " 
W. F. Stevens, " " 

A. H. Perkins, " " 

E. Jones & Co., plank M. Hannon bridge, 
M. A. Reed, moving school furniture, 
W. F. Hale, 1 stamp, 
J. L. Hammett Co., clock, 
W. F. Stevens, notifying officers, 
S. A. Christie, dif in clock, 

" " cleaning clock, 
H. T. Clark, shafts for truck, 

" " 1 closet, 

E. H. Chamberlin, reporting 2 births, 

F. P. Flagg, " 1 " 
I. Hutchins, " 3 " 
J. E. Marsh, " 5 " 
I. L. Pickard, " 1 " 
F. E. Tasker, " 7 " 
F. J. Parker, " 11 " 
F. U. Rich, " 2 " 
Greenough, Adams & Gushing, ink, 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, well cover,. 
H. A. Littlefield, soda and oil, 

F. W. Green, care engine house, 

H. T. Clark, 

S. Robbins, fixing voting stalls, 

W. F. Stevens, abatement of taxes r 

E. Jones, wood for hall, 

I. F. Duren, superintendent of burials, 

E. Jonss & Co., coal for hall, 

Geo. Greenough, wood for hall, 

Universalist Society, So. Acton, use of vestry, election, 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, postage and stationery. 

W. C. Robbins, attending fires, horses, 

Henry Livermore, " " 

Luke Tuttle, 

C. H. Clark, strap on truck, 



$5 


00 


93 


27 


7 


50 


7 


00 


4 88 


25 


45 


13 


20 


1 


60 


5 


25 


1 


75 


3 


5(» 


1 


00 


3 


25 


7 


50 




50 




25 




75 


1 


25 




25 


1 


75 


— 


75 




50 




38 


o 


75 


4 


Ot> 


4 


2r> 


6 


00 




50 


80 97 


4 00 


57 


oo 


9 


i& 


.» 


25 


o 


00 


4 


25 


9 


00 


1 


00 


1 


oo 




50 



30 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Paid James Kingsley, use of road, $8 00 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 5 chairs, 5 50 

E. F. Conant, express, telephone and expenses, 
C. H. Mead & Co., 1 lock, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., 

" " oil, burners and chimneys for hall, 

C. J. Williams, postage and expenses, 
Edward Dixon, expenses, 
W. F. Stevens, postage, 
T. Scanlon, 

I. Hutchins, attending district com. meeting, 
H. F. Tuttle, copying records, 

" attending meeting at Ayer, 

" collecting and recording 33 births, 

" recording 27 marriages, 

" recording 17 deaths, 

" certificates of births and deaths, 

" blanks, 

" express and postage, 



Receipts and Appropriations. 

Balance due from Treasurer, March 12, 1897, $847 90 

Due from Collector, 
Appropriation for common schools, 

High school, 

Transportation S. E. scholars, 

Transportation East scholars, 

Scientific apparatus, 

Superintendent of schools, 

School supplies, 

Town charges, 

Roads and bridges, 

Memorial Library. 

Street lamps, 

Overlay ings, 

State tax, 

Countv tax, 



13 60 


25 


99 


ill, 8 10 


8 82 


8 11 


62 


1 75 


4 42 


1 50 


1 50 


16 50 


5 40 


3 40 


1 00 


52 


2 74 


$1,87< 72 



1,702 37 


2,840 00 


1,600 00 


270 00 


240 00 


100 00 


465 00 


475 00 


6,000 00 


3,000 00 


600 00 


400 00 


502 93 


1,050 00 


1,420 90 



TOWX OF AC TUX. 

Received from First National Bank of Ayer, $3,000 CO 
Herbert A. Gray, 

Nantucket, support Susan B. Winn, 
John R. Fairbairn, tines, 
Nahum Littlefield, road dust, 
Charles Hunter, pool license, 
Anthony J. Goding, pool license, 
E. H. Woodard, pool license, 
A. F. Blanchard, slaughter license. 
Albert Wood, slaughter license, 
C. I. Leland, tuition, 
Town of Stow, tuition, 
Town of Boxboro, tuition, 
W. A. Charles, apparatus, 
Interest on Wilde Library fund, 
State Treasurer, inspection of animals, 

" " corporation tax, 

" " National Bank tax, 

" " military aid, 

" " State aid, 

" " burial of soldier, 

Income Mass. school fund, 
Supervision of schools, 
County Treasurer, dog tax, 
John Fletcher, lots sold Woodlawn cem. 
Levi W. Stevens, " Mt. Hope cemeter 
Julian Tuttle, hay " Woodlawn " 

Lyman Tuttle, milk from farm, 

" " apples from farm, 

" " hides from farm, 

" " calves from farm, 

" " 2 cows from farm, 

" " wood from farm, 

" " use of bull from farm, 

" " labor from farm, 

Otis H. Forbush, 1 cow from farm, 
Cattle Commissioners, 2 cows from farm, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., potatoes from farm, 
Rent of Town Hall and cellar, 



500 


00 


07 


00 


100 


00 


Q 


10 


<•> 


00 


o 


00 


2 


00 


1 


00 


1 


00 


18 


00 


44 


00 


100 00 




77 


2.32 


80 


42 


82 


779 90 


250 07 


91 


50 


024 


00 


35 


00 


281 


29 


375 00 


210 


24 


52 


00 


,51 


00 


5 


0o 


779 


29 


14.3 


05 


10 


35 


15 


00 


00 


00 


22 


25 


o 


50 


. > 


50 


11 


50 


00 


00 


13 


3r> 


• >•> 


i : > 



32 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



From Memorial Library fines, 

Memorial Library catalogues, 
W. F. Stevens, interest on taxes, 
Interest on money in bank, 



$14 00 
21 75 

38 06 
49 48 



$29,659 02 



Expenditures. 




r or support of Centre school, 


$851 98 


" North school, 


393 98 


" East school, 


146 50 


" South school, 


950 25 


West School, 


1,088 04 


" High school, 


1,642 83 


School supplies, 


472 38 


Scientific apparatus, 


98 39 


Transportation of scholars, 


510 00 


State and military aid, 


802 50 


Memorial Library, 


923 08 


Loans and interest, 


5,757 57 


Street lamps, 


401 72 


Cemetery expenses, 


358 09 


Support of poor on farm, 


1,618 59 


Support of outside poor, 


1,044 So 


Repairs on buildings and grounds, 


650 42 


Town officers, 


1,463 72 


Printing, 


120 63 


Roads and bridges, 


3,014 69 


Soldiers' relief, 


SS 42 


Miscellaneous expenses, 


1,877 72 


State tax, 


1,050 00 


County tax, 


1,420 90 




$26,697 25- 


alance due from Treasurer, 


643 81 


balance due from Collector, 


2,317 96 




$29,659 02 



rowN OF ACTOX. 33 

Financial Standing of Town, March 12, 1898. 
John A. Bowen, note, $1,000 00 

Interest from Dec. 6, 1897, to March 12, 

1898, 13 33 

Frank H. Jones, note, 600 00 

Interest from April 27, 1897, to March 12,1898, 26 25 
Frank H. Jones, note, 700 00 

Interest from June 15, 1897, to March 1 2,1 898, 25 96 

Amount due from Treasurer, 
Amount due from Collector, 

Less notes payable, 

Interest due on taxes unpaid, 

Balance in favor of the town, $646 83 

E. Faulkner Conant, 
William F. Stevens, 
David C. Harris, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



$643 81 
2,317 96 


2,961 77 
2,365 54 


$596 23 
50 60 



I have examined the accounts of the Selectmen for the past 
year and find them correct. 

Hiram J. Hapgood, Auditor cf the Town of Acton. 



:-v( 



AXXL'AL REPORTS 



List of Jurors, 



The following is a list of persons to serve as jurors for the 
ensuing year, as revised by the Selectmen of Acton, to be sub- 
mitted to said town at their April meeting. 

A. P. Bean, Mechanic. 

Elisha H. Cutler, Farmer. 
J. W. Dupee, " 

I. Warren Flagg, Merchant. 

Hiram E. Gates, i Farmer. 

(I. E. Holton, Mechanic. 
Eugene Hall, " 

E. L. Hayward, " 

I). 0. Harris, Stone cutter. 

Edgar H. Hall, Manufacturer. 

Lowell A. Jones, Farmer. 
Warren H. Jones, " 

John C. Keyes, " 

Hanson A. Littlefield, Merchant. 

Jerry McCarthy, Farmer. 

F. P. Morse, " 

C. H. Mead, Merchant. 

John I). Moulton, Farmer. 

Willis L. Mead, Paint. 

Thomas F. Noyes, Farmer. 
S. L. Pichardson, " 

Moses A. Peed, " 

Wm. F. Stevens, " 

Henry M. Smith, " 

Horace F. Tuttle, " 

James B. Tuttle, " 



E. Faulkner Con ant, 
Wm. F. Stevens, 
David C. Harris, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 35 



Treasurer's Report. 



Town of Acton, in Account with J. K. W. Wetherbee, 
Treasurer. 



RECEIPTS. 

1897. 

March 12, Cash in Treasury, $847 90 

Eeceived from First National Bank of Ayer, 

borrowed money, 3,000 00 

Herbert A. Gray, borrowed money, 500 00 

Town of Nantucket, for support of 

Susan B. Winn, 
John K. Fairbairn, fines in liquor case, 
Nahum Littlefield, road dust, 
Charles Hunter, pool license, 
Anthony I. Goding, pool license, 
E. H. Woodward, pool license, 
Arthur F. Blanchard, license to slaughter, 
Albert Wood, license to slaughter, 
C. I. Leland, tuition at Centre school, 
Town of Stow, tuition at South Grammar 

school, 
Town of Stow, tuition at High school, 
Town of Boxboro, tuition at High school, 100 00 
W.C.Charles,breakage of school apparatus, 77 
Interest on Wilde Library fund, 232 80 

State Treasurer, inspection of animals, 42 82 
State Treasurer, corporation tax, 779 90 

State Treasurer, national bank tax, 256 67 

State Treasurer, military aid, 91 50 

State Treasurer, State aid, 624 00 

State Treasurer, burial of soldier, 35 00 

State Treasurer, income of Mass. school 

fund, 281 29 



67 


00 


100 00 


3 


10 


2 00 


2 


00 


2 


00 


, 1 


00 


1 


00 


18 


00 


24 


00 


20 


00 



30 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



From State Treasurer, supervision of schools, $375 00 
County Treasurer, dog tax, 210 24 

John Fletcher, lots sold in Woodlawn 

cemetery, 52 00 

Levi W. Stevens, lots sold in Mount 

Hope cemetery, 51 00 

Julian Tuttle, hay sold in Woodlawn 



cemetery, 




5 00 


Lyman Tuttle, milk sold from town 


far: 


m, 779 29 


Lyman Tuttle, apples " 


a 


143 05 


Lyman Tuttle, hides " 


a 


10 35 


Lyman Tuttle, calves " 


a 


15 00 


Lyman Tuttle, cows " 


a 


60 00 


Lyman Tuttle, wood " 


« 


22 25 


Lyman Tuttle, use of bull 


u 


2 50 


Lyman Tuttle, labor 


a 


3 50 


Otis H. Forbush, cow 


it 


11 50 


Cattle Commissioners, cows 


ll 


60 00 


M. E. Taylor & Co., potatoes 


a 


13 35 


Use of Town Hall and cellar, 




22 75 


Memorial Library, for fines, 




14 00 


Memorial Library, catalogues sold, 




21 75 


YVm. F. Stevens,collector,taxes for 


'96, 


1,702 37 


Wm. F. Stevens, collec*tor,taxes for ; 


'97, 


16,645 87 


W. F. Stevens, interest on taxes, 




38 06 


Interest on money in bank, 




49 48 


EXPENDITURES 






id State tax, 




$1,050 00 


County tax, 




1,420 90 


On orders of Selectmen, 




24,226 35 


Cash in Treasury, March 12, 1898, 




643 81 



$27,341 06 



$27,341 06 
J. K. W. Wetherbee, Treasurer. 



town of acton. 37 

Treasurer's Report of Money Held for Care of Lots 

in Cemeteries. 
March 12, 1898. 

Dr. 

To Mary Skinner fund, 

Cash received for curbing sold, 

Nancy K. Handley fund, 

Frederick Rouillard fund, 

William W. Davis fund, 

Mary W. Chaffin fund, 

Mary Severance fund, 

Hepsabeth Piper fund, 

Jedadiah Tuttle fund, 

Eliza A. Whitcomb fund, 

Cash received from town, care of lots, 



$200 00 


3 00 


500 00 


100 00 


100 00 


100 00 


100 00 


50 00 


50 00 


75 00 


86 12 



$1,364 12 



Cr. 
By Cash paid — 

Julian Tuttle, care of Skinner lot, 
" " Handley lot, 

" " Rouillard lot, 

" " Piper lot, . 

" " Tuttle lot, 

W. W. Davis, care of Davis lot, 

Levi W. Stevens, care Whitcomb lot. 

Balance in Treasury, 



$35 


56 


24 


20 


O 

o 


00 


6 


44 


4 


42 


5 00 


7 


50 


1,278 


00 



$1,364 12 
J. K. W. Wetherree, Treasurer. 



38 annual reports 

Report of Wilde Memorial Library Fund. 

March 12, 1898. 

Dr. 

To cash deposited in North End Savings 

Bank, #1,000 00 

Cash deposited in Middlesex Inst. 

for Savings, 1,000 00 

Cash deposited in Home Savings Bank, 1,000 00 
Cash deposited in Warren Institution 

for Savings, 1,000 00 

Cash deposited in Charlestown Five 

Cent Savings Bank, 1,000 00 

Interest received on deposits, 232 80 

$5,232 80 

Cr. 
By cash paid for books, $232 80 

Balance in Treasury, 5,000 00 

$5,232 80 
J. K. W. Wetherb.ee, Treasurer. 



Auditor's Report. 



I have examined the reports of the Treasurer and find them 
correct. 

Hiram J. Hapgood, Auditor of the Town of Acton. 



THWX OF ACT0X. 



39 



Report of Overseers of Poor. 



Articles on Hand at Town Farm, 

9 cows, 

1 horse, 

Double harnesses, 
Express harnesses, 
Light harnesses, 

2 collars, 
Horse cart, 
Market wagon, 
Mowing machine, 
Hay wagon, 

2 hay rakes, 

1 wheelbarrow, 

2 harrows, 
15 tons hay, 
Grain, 

3 apple headers, 

2 canvas covers, 
Grind stone, 
Tanning tools, 

1 wrench, 

1 blanket, 

3 wood saws, 
13 hens, 

5 plows, 

2 cultivators, 
Hay cutter, 
35 barrels, 

7 ladders, 

Set measures, 

Salt, 

Sled, 

12 cords wood, 



flARCIl 1, 


$450 00 


75 00 


25 00 


25 00 


5 00 


4 00 


10 00 


75 00 


.SO 00 


30 00 


20 00 


3 50 


8 00 


225 00 


9 05 


2 00 


2 50 


2 00 


15 00 


75 


2 00 


2 00 


9 00 


20 00 


5 00 


2 00 


5 50 


10 00 


1 40 


50 


10 00 


50 00 



1898. 



40 AXXUAL REPORTS 

Lumber, 
Stone drag, 

PuDg, 

Light wagon, 

25 apple boxes, 

Spray pump, 

12 bushels potatoes, 

Apples, 

2 steel traps, 

20 gallons soap, 

Cooking range, 

Tea and coffee, 

Crackers, 

Fruit jars, 

Coal, 

Brooms, 

Spices, 

Sugar, 

Flour, 

Pails and tubs. 

Oil and tank, » 

Stove, 

Lounge, 

Butter, 

Lard, 

Washing machine, 

Molasses, 

Beans 45, vinegar 30, 

18 cans fruit, 

25 gallons paint oil, 

Stock on hand March 1, 1897, 

Receipts from farm, 

Victualing and lodging 459 tramps, 



Expenditures, 

Interest on farm $3,500 at 5 per cent. 

Stock on hand March 1, 1898, 



Cost of supporting poor on f arm, 647 95 

Lyman Tlttle. 



$8 00 




3 00 




8 00 




15 00 




2 50 




8 00 




12 00 




2 00 




75 




5 00 




22 00 




1 00 




2 00 




4 00 




1 50 




1 25 




25 




90 




1 50 




2 00 




1 50 




10 00 




5 00 




2 25 




1 00 




9 00 




80 




75 




4 50 




8 75 






$1,278 40 




1,188 50 




1,120 79 




114 75 




$2,424 04 


$1,618 59 




175 00 




1,278 40 






$3,071 99 



Edwin C. Parker, 
Moses F. Reed, 

Overseers of Poor. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TRUSTEES 



OF THE 



f\eto\) (T\emorial library. 

1897-'98. 

LUTHER COXANT, Pi'CS., WlLLIAM D. . TlJTTLE, SeCI/., 

Moses Taylor, Adelbert Mead, Daxiel J. Wetherree, 
Delette H. Hall, 

Hiram J. Hapgood, Ciias. J. Williams, L. A. Hesselton. 



TOWX OF ACTON. 43 



ANNUAL KEPOBT OF THE TRUSTEES 

OF 

Acton Memorial Library. 



In accordance with custom the Trustees of the Acton Memorial 
Library submit their eighth annual report. The leading matter 
of interest in the history of the institution the past year has been 
the preparation and publication of a new catalogue, in which the 
volumes are classified as regards the subjects and in which each 
volume is entered twice, first by title and second by author's 
name. 

The Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Mr. William D. Tuttle, 
had general charge of the business arrangements and preparation 
of the new catalogue, and gave liberally of time and labor to the 
undertaking. He was assisted by Mr. Arthur Davis, Rev. F. P. 
Wood, Mrs. Lyman Tuttle, Miss Viola S. Tuttle and Mrs. Frank 
Fiske. These assistants performed their duties entirely to the 
satisfaction of the trustees and received a vote of thanks from 
them, duly entered on the records, in addition to the very mod- 
erate compensation arranged for their services. 

Six hundred copies were printed at a total cost of $267.28. 
The trustees fixed the price to be paid per copy at the small sum 
of twenty-five cents in the hope that no family in town would be 
deterred from obtaining one by reason of the expense. It will be 
remembered that the condition of the acceptance of the endow- 
ment fund of $5,000, presented by Mr. Wm. A. Wilde, by the 
town was that the town should annually grant the sum of $200 
to be expended in the purchase of new books. Mr. W T ilde kindly 
consented that one half of this sum ($100) might be used in part 
payment of the cost of the new catalogue. 

Should comparison be made with the librarian's report the last 
year, it should be remembered that for six months of this year 
no catalogue was available, and that books could only be selected 



44 ANNUAL REPORTS 

by reference to the bulletin sheets giving a part of the volumes 
in the library, and a portion of the time only to the books as re- 
arranged on the shelves. 

In the collection of books which are seldom called for, some of 
the sets are catalogued as one volume, so that the whole number 
of volumes in the library is somewhat in excess of the number 
given by the librarian. 

Librarian's Report. 

Total number of volumes in library, 6,240 

Added by purchase the past year, 310 

Added by gift, 45 

Total added, 364 

Total number of persons who have taken out cards. 1,319 

Fines, $514.00 

Number of books taken out during the year, 7,05~> 

Largest daily use, Feb. 26, 1898, 201 volumes 

•Smallest daily use. Feb. 16, 1898, 18 volumes 

Visitors registered during the year, 352 

GIFTS TO THE LIBRARY. 

Mr. Moses Taylor has placed in the library a very valuable 
relic — an old musket carried by his grandfather, Capt. Silas 
Taylor, in the battle of Bennington. 

Donation of books: Mrs. Lydian E. Whitcomb, West Acton- 
5; state, 9; Social library, 3; United States government, 14 ' 
McCormick Co., 1 ; O. B. Brown, Maiden, 1 ; Mrs. M. E. A. Wil- 
liams, 1; Prof. Geo. A. Barton, Boston, 1; J. F. Adams, Boston- 
1; town of Sudbury, 1; town of Littleton, 1; W. F. Adams Co., 
Springfield, 1 ; R. C. Winthrop, Jr., Boston, 1 ; Franklin S. Pratt 
and Chas. H. Pratt, Boston, 1 ; town of Ayer, 1 ; Luther Conant. 
1 ; Mrs. Luther Conant, 1. 

Periodicals donated for the reading room: " Child's Hour."' 
" Our Sunday Afternoon,*' W. A. Wilde ; " Our Paper,*' Mass. 
Reformatory; "Congressional Record," Chas. J. Williams; "Our 



TOWN OF ACTON. 45 

Dumb Animals/' Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ; 
" Spirit of '76," Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. 

Magazines same as last year with the addition of " The Book- 
man " and " Scientific American." 



VIOLA S. TUTTLE, Librarian. 



The requirement of the School Committee that a certain num- 
ber of books of an instructive character should be read each year, 
such as standard works of literature, history, travel and bio- 
graphy, seems to be very generally complied with by the pupils 
of the schools. The result has been an increased demand for this 
class of books, which cannot but be to the advantage of our youth- 
ful readers. The Board of Trustees recommend the same appro- 
priation as last year ($400) for current expenses of the library, 
and the same ($200) for the purchase of new books. 

LUTHER COXANT for the Trustees. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THF 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON, MASS. 



FOR 



SCHOOL YEAR 1897-98. 




HUDSON, MASS.: 

The Enterprise Printing Company, 

1898. 



Report of the School Committee, 



To the Citizens of Acton : 

We respectfully submit to you our annual report, in which 
is embodied that of the Superintendent of Schools, to which 
position Mr. Edward Dixon was again chosen by the District 
Committee in April, 1897. Mr. Dixon's services to the schools, 
and assistance to the Committee have been, as in preceding 
years, of the highest value. 

The consolidation of the East school with those at the center 
of the town has proved, as it was believed that it would do, of 
very decided benefit to the pupils from East Acton. The ad- 
vantages afforded by schools having even so many as four grades 
over those having seven or eight are very great, and it is hoped 
that the time has come when the people of North Acton and of 
the town so clearly recognize the fact that provision will be made 
that will permit the consolidation of the North school also with 
those at the Center. 

It may be stated here that the consolidations thus far 
effected have resulted in a reduction in the cost of maintenance 
of about $200 per annum. 

Improved methods of heating the school building at Acton 
Center should be adopted. The rooms are not and cannot be 
properly heated by means of stoves, and the halls and stairways 
are necessarily not heated at all. We respectfully request that 
the Committee be provided with the means requisite to effect 
this improvement, and that the sum of $275 be appropriated 
therefor. 

Eor reasons which your Committee regarded as urgent and 
imperative, an intermediate school was established at West Acton 
at the beginning of the winter term. That the step was a 
judicious one is attested by the present condition of these 
schools. They are all doing good work and are in a very satis- 
factory state. The several grades are distributed among them as 
follows : Primary school, grades I, II and III ; Intermediate, 
IV, V and VI ; Grammar, VII and VIII. 



52 SCHOOL REPORT 

The great number of pupils in the Primary school at South 
Acton, seconded by an urgent and unanimous appeal from the 
parents of the pupils attending this school, compelled the ap- 
pointment of an assistant teacher in January of this year. 

An Intermediate school should be established in South 
Acton, thereby permitting a reduction in the number of grades 
in the several rooms of the common schools, but no action in 
this direction can well be taken until the necessary accommoda- 
tions shall have been provided. 

Your attention is again requested to the need of better ac- 
commodations for the High school and for the common schools 
in South Acton. In the report of the School Committee for 
1886. written by the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. C. L. 
lloades, there appears this paragraph : " In the schools at the 
West the average attendance has been 66, while that at the South, 
has been 62. These school rooms are crowded ; more room is 
needed. The classes are too large and difficult to teach the few 
minutes the teacher has for each when all the classes must be 
heard. An Intermediate school is recommended for each of 
these districts, and in the opinion of the Committee and Super- 
intendent needed for the best interests of these schools." 

In the report for 1887 the Committee say : " And it is now, 
as it was last year, urged upon the town by its School Committee, 
that it take speedy action to provide for the necessity now be- 
fore us. The South Primary school, with its membership of 52, 
and the West, with its membership of 46, would have presented 
difficulties that your Committee could not have answered for had 
not sickness taken many from their desks and given room for 
others." 

In later years this matter has at intervals been presented for 
your consideration. 

In their report for 1895, the School Committee recommended 
the enlargement of the school building at South Acton for the 
better accommodation of the High and common schools, and 
that the Board of Selectmen be appointed a committee to con- 
sider the subject and report thereon. At the annual meeting in 
that year the committee was appointed and instructed agreeably 
to this request. At the annual meeting in the succeeding year, 
1896, the committee of the Board of Selectmen requested an ex- 



TOWN OF ACT OX. DO 

tension of time, and that the School Committee might be joined 
to it. Both requests were complied with, and the town there- 
upon instructed this committee to procure plans and estimates of 
cost of the proposed addition to the school building at South 
Acton, and to present them to the town at an early date. 

Acting under these instructions, the committee procured 
plans for an addition to the South school building, which in 
their judgment provided for the needs of the High school and 
for those of the common schools at South Acton for a term of 
years, and at a cost well within the resources of the town. 

The committee reported at the special meeting in June, 1896, 
in favor of the purchase of a tract of land of about one and 
one quarter acres in the rear of the school building, and of 
the erection of an addition to the latter, which should provide 
upon the lower floor accommodations for an Intermediate school 
and upon the upper floor recitation rooms and a laboratory for 
the use of the High school. The price of the land was $600, 
and the cost of the addition to the building was estimated by 
Mr. John S. Hoar, of West Acton, who drew the plans, at 
$2,250. 

The report was laid upon the table. 

It was the opinion of your Committee then, and it is now, 
that the plan then submitted was a good and feasible one. That 
under it all needed accommodations for the High school and for 
the common schools at South Acton, for at least the next ten or 
twenty years, would be provided for (the growth of the town re- 
maining normal) and that it is deserving of your further and 
serious consideration. 

A generation of pupils has entered and left your schools 
since your attention was first invited to this subject, twelve 
years ago. It may fairly be assumed that definite and favorable 
action upon it will presently be taken. 

At the beginning of the school year the study of music was 
made a part of the course in all the schools. Work in this 
branch of study would be greatly facilitated by the employment 
of a special teacher of music, who would be able to afford much 
valuable assistance to teachers as well as pupils. Such teachers 
are employed for one day, or one-half day, in each week in 
neighboring towns — Littleton, Westford, Shirley and Harvard — 



04 SCHOOL REPORT 

and we recommend an appropriation of $150 to enable ns to pro- 
cure the services of such an instructor. 

As there is apparently, in some cases, a misconception of the 
purpose intended to be served by the monthly report books with 
which the pupils of the public schools are provided, the follow- 
ing statement is here made : 

All pupils of the public schools above grade II are fur- 
nished with report books. In this book, at the end of each month, 
is written by the teacher a clear and concise statement of the 
standing of the pupil, both in scholarship and deportment. 
This statement is intended for the information of the parent, 
and to enable him to intelligently assist the teacher in the de- 
velopment of his child. With exceedingly rare exceptions these 
reports are most conscientiously made by the teacher, and when 
errors occur they are almost uniformly in favor of the pupil. 
The signature of the parent in these report books is simply an 
assurance to the teacher that the report has been duly delivered 
to him by the pupil — it is, in fact, a receipt for the report and 
nothing more. 

The standing rules of the School Committee are here 
printed for the information of the public : 

Rule 1. Children under five years of age shall not be ad- 
mitted to the public schools. 

Rule 2. Pupils shall be promoted from grade to grade and 
school to school, according to merit. Thorough and satisfactory 
work will be required of pupils in a lower grade or school before 
entering a higher grade or school. 

Rule 3. Children who have not previously attended any 
school shall be admitted to the public schools only at the be- 
ginning of the spring and fall terms. 

Rule 4. Pupils will be held responsible for books loaned 
to them until such books shall have been returned to the teacher. 

Rule 5. No repairs shall be made upon the public prop- 
erty in the care of the School committee except by their author- 
ized agents. 

The appropriation of $100 for the purchase of apparatus 
and books of reference for the High school has been expended 
as , follows : Apparatus and chemicals, $67.24; books of refer- 
ence, $28.58. We recommend the appropriation of $100 for this 
purpose for the current year. 



rOWS OF ACTON. 



The sum of $375 has been received from the Commonwealth 
on account of salary of Superintendent of Schools. 

The report of the purchasing agent of the Committee is 
published herewith : 



SUMMARY OF THE RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES ON 
ACCOUNT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE YEAR 1897-08. 

Receipts. 



Appropri 


ation 


for common schools, 


$2,840 00 


a 


a 


High school, 


1,600 00 


a 


a 


school supplies. 


475 00 


ti 




transportation S. E. pupils, 


270 00 


a 


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240 00 


(t 


a 


apparatus and books for High school 


, 100 00 


a 


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salary of Superintendent, 


465 00 


Received 


from 


Massachusetts school fund, 


281 29 


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" 


clog licenses, 


210 24 


a 


a 


tuition in High school, 


120 00 


a 


4.' 


" common schools, 


42 00 



$6,64: 



Expenditures. 

For common schools, 
High school, 
school supplies, 
transportation S. E. pubils, 

" E. " 

apparatus and books for High school, 
salary of Superintendent of Schools, 



$3,430 


75 


1,642 


83 


472 


38 


270 


00 


240 00 


97 


62 


465 


00 



$6,618 r>s 



56 SCHOOL REPORT 

ESTIMATES FOE THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE 
YEAR 1898-1899. 



For common schools, 


$3,400 00 


High school, 


1,600 00 


school supplies, 


475 00 


transportation S. E. pupils, 


270 00 


" E. " 


360 00 


apparatus and books for High school, 


100 00 


salaiy Superintendent of Schools, 


465 00 


\ 


$6,670 00 



For the School Committee. 

Charles J. Williams, Chairman. 



Superintendent's Report. 



Scliool Committee of Acton : 

Gentlemen — The following report of the condition and the 
needs of the schools is respectfully submitted. 

This is the sixth annual report which it has been my privi- 
lege to make to your committee, and through you to the people 
of Acton. 

SUMMARY OF STATISTICS. 

Number of children in town, May 1, 1897, between 5 and 

15 years of age, 260 

Number of children in town, May 1, 1897, between 8 and 

14 years of age, 160 

Whole number of pupils enrolled in all the schools, 333 

Number of pupils enrolled between 8 and 14 years of age, 197 
Number of pupils enrolled over 15 years of age, 39 

Average membership of all the schools, 275.36 

Average attendance of all the schools, 259.6 

Per cent, of attendance of all the schools, 94 

Expense per pupil a year, based on average attendance, 

but not including cost of text books, $18 10 

Number of public schools, 9 

Number of teachers required, 11 

Number of different teachers employed during year, 13 

Average wages a month of female teachers, $39 58 

Aggregate of months schools have kept, 78. 

Valuation of town (census 1895), $1,530,970 00 

Valuation of school houses and lots, $20,000 00 

Population of town (census 1895), 1,978 

Eate of Taxation, $11 50 

Number of families in town (census 1895), 529 

The number of children in town, between five and fifteen 
years of age, is fifteen more ; the number of pupils enrolled, one 
less ; the average, membership, twelve more, and the average 
attendance, ten more than last year. 



58 SCHOOL REPORT 

The different schools, with the exception of the West Acton 
Grammar and Intermediate schools, have been instructed by the 
some teachers throughout the year. That we have been fortu- 
nate enough to retain so many good teachers during this time, 
and some for even a much longer period, is cause for congratula- 
tion. It is always a decided advantage to a school to continue 
as its instructor a good teacher during the year, and longer, 
whenever possible ; and conversely, it is an unquestionable dis- 
advantage to a school, as well as annoying to the school officials, 
to have a change of teachers several times in the course of the 
year. 

At the beginning of the winter term an Intermediate school 
was opened at West Acton. A school of this kind had long 
been needed there, and its advantages will be plainly apparent 
to any one who will investigate the instruction given in the 
schools. Previous to the opening of this school each teacher at 
West Acton instructed four grades. The Grammar school 
teacher had charge of forty pupils, in grades V, VI, VII, VIII. 
The studies required to be taught in this school are reading, 
arithmetic, language — including grammar, geography, history, 
spelling, writing, drawing, vocal music, and physiology and hy- 
giene—ten studies in all. The four last named may be combined, 
so as to take the time of two studies only. By making the com- 
binations indicated the number of studies a day would be re- 
duced to eight for each class, making thirty recitations in all. 
Consequently the teacher could give not quite eleven minutes to 
each of these classes, which averaged ten pupils apiece, not al- 
lowing any time for calling and dismissing classes, for individual 
work, nature study and general exercise. A teacher may hear 
this number of classes a day, as teachers did in the old-time 
school, but she cannot teach them in accordance with the require- 
ments of the times. The Grammar school has been in a demor- 
alized condition for over a year, because the right kind of insist- 
ence for putting an end to the disorder seemed to be lacking, and 
the pupils had fallen below grade. A decided change in the ad- 
ministration of school affairs at West Acton was thus rendered 
necessary in order to maintain discipline and to bring the pupils 
up to grade in their studies. The opening of an Intermediate 
school seemed the most feasible solution of the difficulties with 



T0WX OF ACTOX. 59 

which the school committee were confronted, and the results 
which followed this action of the Board demonstrated the wis- 
dom of adopting this plan to restore order and secure proper in- 
struction. As soon as this school was established discipline was 
more easily maintained, recitation periods were lengthened, 
more individual work was made possible, and greater attention 
was paid to the enrichment of the school course. A change in 
the Grammar school for the better was immediately perceptible, 
and a similar alteration was noticeable in the conduct of the 
Grammar school pupils who ^attended the Intermediate school. 
It was hard to realize that the orderly, industrious pupils of the 
Intermediate and Grammar schools were the disorderly, indolent 
pupils formerly of the Grammar school before Miss Burke as- 
sumed charge of it. There are now and then violations of good 
order by individual pupils, such as happen in all schools, but, 
collectively, the pupils' behavior in school and their inclination 
to do good work is exceedingly gratifying. 

The superior schooling advantages which the third school 
gives West Acton pupils over those enjoyed in the other villages 
should induce the town to extend similar advantages to the pu- 
pils of South Acton, where they are needed certainly as much as 
at West Acton, and also to Acton Centre pupils. The constant 
enrichment of the school course makes the' work of the teachers 
harder and harder ; and when they are urged to carry out all the 
work which the course calls for, they contend that with four 
grades in a school the desired work is impracticable ; and yet if 
our pupils are to enjoy similar school privileges to those afforded 
the pupils of most other towns, the work which the course calls 
for should be fully accomplished. To do this work Intermediate 
schools in the villages named are positively necessary. 

The consolidation of the East Acton school with the Centre 
schools has proved of great advantage to the East Acton pupils. 
When they attended school in their own district there was ever 
present with them a tendency to insubordination, which seemed 
to have its foundation in the idea that parental influence was 
paramount in all school matters pertaining to their district, and 
would sustain them in doing about as they pleased, regardless of 
the rights and wishes of the teacher. It is an exceedingly dis- 
agreeable spirit for any teacher to contend against, but it prevails 



60 SCHOOL REPORT 

in out-lying districts generally, and is quite well developed at 
North Acton. It not only makes it more difficult for the teacher 
to maintain good discipline, but renders rapid progress in school 
work an impossibility. Since, however, the East Acton pupils 
have attended the Centre schools this disagreeable spirit, for 
which I do not think the children are to blame, has entirely dis- 
appeared, and they apply themselves to study very industriously 
and conduct themselves in an exemplary manner. Consequently 
their advance in the different studies has been quite rapid for 
two terms. 

I have no doubt that the same advantages would accrue to 
the North Acton pupils, and that similar good results would fol- 
low from their instruction should they be transported from their 
own district to the Centre schools, especially if an Intermediate 
school was opened there in charge of Miss Miller. 

Our High school is not approved by the State Board of Ed- 
ucation, because the number of teachers employed for its man- 
agement is insufficient to meet the required standard. I most 
earnestly urge the town to add the third teacher to the teaching- 
force and to equip the school with a suitable laboratory and all 
needful apparatus for modern work. There is a bill before the 
legislature in some stage, which, if enacted, will oblige the town 
to maintain a High school which meets the approval of the State 
Board of Education or make it liable for the tuition of Acton 
pupils who may attend an improved High school elsewhere. 

At the beginning of the winter term Miss Greenwood was 
engaged to assist Miss Keniston in the South Acton Primary 
school. This school, at the end of the fall term, had an average 
membership of over fifty pupils. The large number of pupils, 
and consequently the numerous classes, over forty, which a school 
of four grades makes necessary, rendered the service of an as- 
sistant indispensable, if the interests of the pupils were to re- 
ceive due consideration. The attempt to have modern work un- 
der old fashioned conditions makes the highest success in our 
schools unattainable. We must improve the conditions or prac- 
tically limit our pupils to the kind of education advocated by 
the Mayor of New York. 

Report books, showing the progress of pupils in their studies, 
are sent to parents monthly, in order that they may be kept in- 



T0WX OF ACTON. 61 

formed regarding the work of their children. Sometimes parents 
return these report books unsigned because the marks are not 
high enough to suit them. Occasionally one is accompanied with 
a letter expressing the disapproval of a report, and containing 
the parent's refusal to sign for this reason. Now the teacher, as 
expected by the school officials to do, will send a report which 
represents the truth of each pupil's proficiency in the different 
studies which he pursues, and all good citizens will sustain her 
in doing this, her unquestionable duty. A teacher who should 
send to a parent an untruthful report, simply to please or flatter 
him, would be unfit to have charge of children ; and the parent 
who seeks to influence a teacher to make a wrong report is 
thoughtless, to say the least. 

We have this year, among other things, broadened our work 
in English by making literature a part of the work of each 
grade. This work is pursued in three lines. First, by the pu- 
pils' reading books of good authors in school and at home ; sec- 
ondly, by the teacher reading some good book to the school ; 
thirdly, by pupils memorizing some of the best poems. Oral 
and written exercises on books and authors studied are required 
in connection with this work. In pursuing the three lines of 
work mentioned pupils have models of good English constantly 
before them. Thus their interest in good reading is aroused, 
their thought stimulated, their acquaintance with the works of 
our best authors extended,their memory stored with things worth 
knowing, and their taste for good literature cultivated. To fa- 
cilitate this work I have prepared a long list of good books for 
pupils to read, a list of poems to be memorized in each grade, 
and a list of books for teachers to read to their schools. Each 
teacher has been supplied with these ^lists, and if space permit- 
ted they would be printed in this report. This work should be 
enlarged upon this year, and to carry out what is desired the 
teachers' desks should be supplied with copies of the works of 
various authors and the supplementary reading list for pupils re- 
ceive many additions. So far as the appropriation for text books 
and supplies will permit, these books should be supplied to the 
schools. 

Walsh's Intermediate Arithmetic has displaced Wentworth's 
in grades V, VI, and VII. This book completes the introduction 



62 SCHOOL REPORT 

of the Walsh series of Arithmetics into our schools. If arith- 
metic is taught according to the plan of these books pupils will 
get a more practical knowledge of the processes of arithmetic and 
a greater facility in the use of numbers than was obtained from 
the arithmetic formerly used. 

Vocal music has been adopted as a study, and introduced 
into our schools as such this year. We are exceptionally fortu- 
nate in having regular teachers who can teach this study well. 
An excellent beginning has been made by them this year, espec- 
ially when the number of classes each teacher has is taken into 
consideration. 

This is the sixth successive year that I have had the honor 
of serving as your superintendent of schools, and there is strong- 
probability that it will be my last in this capacity. In closing 
this part of my report I wish to publish my high regard for 
your very efficient school committee, whose sole aim in their of- 
ficial capacity is to secure the highest good of the schools under 
their care, but whose valuable services in behalf of the educa- 
tional interests of the town, are, as very apt to be the case, too 
little appreciated. My relations with the school committee have 
been of the most cordial kind, and nothing has occurred to mar 
the harmony of action with which we have striven to promote 
the welfare of the schools. In my work I have been especially 
indebted to the efficient chairman of the committee, Mr. Wil- 
liams, for valuable counsel and helpful assistance. I wish also 
to record my high appreciation of the kindly feelings of the 
teachers toward me. My relations with them have, in general, 
been highly agreeable, and their co-operation with me in my 
work, with hardly an exception, I have always found active, loyal 
and invigorating. True, it has been my unpleasant duty since I 
have been your superintendent to call for the resignation of sev- 
eral teachers who were doing unsatisfactory work. I have never 
attempted to shirk this duty when it was deemed advisable to 
take such a course, nor have I ever seen the time when I felt 
that an apology was due a teacher or anybody else from me for 
performing this unpleasant duty. In each case it was done 
after due deliberation and consultation with the school commit- 
tee, and entirely in the interests of the good of the schools, for 
whose management the school officials are held responsible. I 



TOWN OF ACTON. 63 

desire also to thank the people of Acton for the many courtesies 
which I have received from them. My intercourse with them 
lias been of the most pleasant kind. I have always been met in 
a friendly, cordial manner, and I shall cherish forever many of 
the friendships which I have formed in this town. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Edward Dixon, 

Superintendent of Schools. 



04 



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34.07 


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30.52 


15.34 


30.52 


18.32 


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23.05 


275.30 


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33.2 


42.9 


29.1 


14.12 


29.1 


17.21 


25.8 


21.1 


259.0 


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95 


90 


91 


95 


91 


95 


94 


95 


89 


94 


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38 


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197 


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37 












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39 


21 


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39 


18 


2 


19 


13 


12 


18 


102 


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34 


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13 


171 


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$12.81 


$11.23 


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48.75 95 24 


31 49 22 


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47.36 


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33.62 97 81 


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4 10 4 


Lilla Keniston, 


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40.00 


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48.5 


46.3 95 27 


10 8 11 


Helen E. Greenwood 


Winter 




28.00 


54 


48. 


41.5 96 17 


10 6 3 


Lina B. Taylor, 




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40.00 


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33. 


31.8 96 32. 


52 18 2 


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West Grammar, 


48.00 


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6 23 6 


Mary R. Burke, 


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Winter 




40.00 


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19.3 


18.2 94 26 \ 


4 30 3 


Alzora Jacobs, 




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40.00 


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24.17 93 25 1 


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38.4 96 15 


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29.49 96 19 1 


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24.02 


21.64 90 21 1 


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15 


14.8 


13.8 97 1 1 


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Helene J. Sloan. 


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Center Grammar, 


40.00 


21 


19.91 


19.3 97 11 


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21 


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2 6 5 


Florence N.Day, 


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40.00 


52 


31.4 


30.6 97 12 


4 5 12 




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52 


31. 


29. 93 9 


5 5 2 


Rose Standish, 




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East, 


40.00 


21 


20.2 


18.2 96 7 


3 2 




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Spring 




32.00 


22 


20.6 


19.2 92 4 1 


4 15 


Ella L. Miller, 


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North, 


40.00 


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26.37 


23.88 89 16 3 


4 32 4 






Winter 




40 00 


28 


23.97 
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20.23 84 21 4 


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TOWN OF ACTON. 67 



Superintendent's Supplementary Report. 

List of Text Books, 
high school. 

English. — Whitney and Lockwood's Grammar; Lockwood's 
Lessons in English; Swinton's English Literature ; Landmarks 
of English Literature, Nicoll. 

Shakespere — Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice, Hamlet. 

Hawthorne. — Tales of the White Hills. 

Longfellow. — Evangeline. 

Franklin. — Poor Richard's Almanack. 

Irving. — Sketcli Book. 

French.— Reader, Grammar, Keetel ; Colomba, La Debacle, 
L'Abbe Constatin, Mile. De La Seyliere. 

Latin. — Beginner's Book, Collar and Daniel; Grammar, 
Harkness ; Gate to Caesar,Collar ; Caesar, Allen and Greenough. 

History. — English, Montgomery ; General, Myers ; Greece, 
Barnes ; Rome, Barnes. 

Mathematics. — Arithmetic, Wentworth and Hill ; Algebra, 
Wentworth ; Plane and Solid Geometery, Wentworth. 

Science. — Physics, Gage ; Chemistry, Shepard ; Botany, 
"How Plants Grow," Gray ; Physiology, Lincoln ; Geology, 
Dana ; "Geological Excursions," Winchell ; Civil Government, 
Martin ; Astronomy, Sharpless and Phillips ; Political Economy, 
Jevons ; Book-keeping, Meservey ; Physical Geography, Mon- 
teith ; Zoology, Montmahon and Beauregard ; Music, Normal 
Course. 

OTHER SCHOOLS. 

Readers, Davis ; Arithmetics, Walsh, Prince, Colburn ; Geo- 
graphies, Barnes ; Language, Metcalf ; Grammar, Whitney and 
Lockwood ; Histories, Montgomery ; Speller, Harrington ; Phys- 
iology and Hygiene, Smith ; Music, Normal Course ; Writing, 
Miss Hill's Educational ; Drawing, State Course. 

SUPPLEMENTARY READING LIST. 

Grade I. — Fables and Rhymes ; Cyr's Primer and First 
Reader. 

Grade II. — iEsop's Fables, Vols. I and II ; Heart of Oak 
Books, Book I ; In Mythlaud ; Riverside Primer. 



68 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Grade III. — Verse and Prose ; Introduction to Leaves from 
Nature's Story Book ; Fables and Folk Stories. 

Grade IV. — Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ; Through 
the Looking Glass ; Heart of Oak Books, Book II. 

Grade V. — Water Babies ; Boston Tea Party ; Heart of Oak 
Books, Book III ; Pratt's History Stories, Vols. I, II, III. 

Grade VI. — Book of Stories ; Montgomery's Beginner's His- 
tory ; Robinson Crusoe ; Little Nell ; Stories of Australasia. 

Grade VII. — Franklin's Autobiography ; King's Second 
Geographical Reader ; Glimpses of Europe ; Sketches of the 
Orient ; Old Ocean. 

Grade VIII.— Two Great Retreats ; Stories of Massachu- 
setts ; King's Third Book ; The Spy ; Rob Roy ; The American 
Tropics. 



High School. 

Eleventh graduating exercises of the Acton High School, class 
of '97, at Town Hall, Thursday evening, June 17th. 

GRADUATES. 

Classical Course. 
Roscoe Hosmer Knowlton, Howard Lewis Jones, 

Samuel Elmore Miller, Mabel Verne Parker, 

Alice Maybell Teele, Nellie Maria Scanlon, 

Alice Preston Willard. 
English Course. 
George Morton Guilford, Edgar Clinton Hoit, 

George William Holbrook, Grace Alice Hay ward, 

Carrie A« uia Littletield, Sheldon Ellsworth Littlefield, 

jrce, Eva Sawyer, 

Luther Warren Piper. 

I PROGRAMME. 

, Orchestra 

1 Grayer, Rev. F. P. Wood 

3 — Song, Quartette 

4 — Conferring of Diplomas, Supt. Edward Dixon 

5 — Song, Quartette 

6- Address, Hon. Wm. A. Wilde 

7 — Selection, Orchestra 



TOWN OF ACTON. G9 



Department of School Supplies 



To the School Committee : 

The annual report of the expenses of this department is 
respectfully submitted. 

CxINX & Co. 

March 23. 1 P. and S. geom., $1 25 

4 Plane geom., 3 00 



Less 1-6, 

May 8. 170 Prince arith., 
Less 1-6, 

Sept. 9. 5 Prince arith., 
Oct. 23. 15 Prince arith., 



Silver, Burdett & Co. 
March 23. 15 Sys. experiment blanks, $3 75 



$4 25 
71 


$3 54 


33 20 
5 53 


27 67 


83 
2 50 


83 
2 50 





21. 

28. 

7. 


Less 1-6, 

3 No. 1 music charts, 

1 No. 2 music chart, 
75 1st music readers, 
25 2d music readers, 

Less 1-6, 

7 C pitch pipes, 

50 1st music readers, 
Less 1-6, 

2 C pitch pipes & postage, 


62 


$3 13 


May 


30 00 
10 00 
24 00 
15 00 






79 00 
13 16 


Go 8 




1 75 


1 75 


May 

Dec. 


16 00 

2 m 
32 


13 34 
32 



$84 3b 



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March 25 



March 30. 



J. L. Hammett Co. 

2 doz. color books, $ 96 

150 sheets bot. drying paper,l 50 
40 lbs. arith. paper, 1 20 

200 spelling blanks, 2 00 

1 doz. mucilage, (50 

6 Leaves from Natures 

Story Book, 1 

G In Mythland, 1 

-1- Robinson Crusoe, 1 

4 Stories of Australasia, 1 



4 Stories of Massachusetts, 2 



62 
62 
44 
44 
16 



4 00 



May 11. 1 gr.No. 799 colored pencils, 3 50 
10 gr. J. L. H. pencils, 7 50 

6 gr. Eagle pens, No. 3, 2 40 
15 rms.No.27 letter paper, 10 50 
302 lbs. arith. paper, 5x8, 9 06 
100 com. bill pads, 

3 qr. No.2,J.L.H. drawing 

pencils, 
12 rms. 9x12 draw'g paper 

2 doz. Earle's ink, 
200 No. 140 blank books, 

4 doz. mucilage, 
> v 6 "Number builder," 

50 boxes crayons, 

10 rms. 6x9 00 draw, paper 

3 doz. B. B. erasers, 
12 pkgs. sand paper discs, 
3 cabinets wts. & meas., 22 
10 bx. No. 102 col'd sticks, 2 

5 bx. No.470 Hallman's bds.,1 



60 
50 
00 
80 
58 
00 
00 
80 
80 
50 
00 
60 



6 26 



8 28 



April 


10. 


Mounting congres'al map, 


2 50 


2 50 


April 


8. 


1 doz. Zulu ink, 


3 00 


3 00 


April 


20. 


100 spelling blanks, 


1 00 


1 00 


May 


6. 


5 clay bricks, 

6 boxes primary pencils, 


1 00 
1 20 








161 sheets assorted colors, 


5 04 


7 24 



I'OWX OF ACTOX. 



71 



May 11. 



10 rms. paper, 


$5 50 


2 lbs. No. 120 erasers, 


1 40 


.'5r> lbs. wrapping paper, 


1 75 


33 sheets No. 4 paper, 


1 00 



1 Knobel's mosquitoes, etc. 45 
4 Frye's gram, school geog., 4 17 
1 Facts I Ought to Know, 08 
4 C. & S. lang.lessons pt. 1, 1 20 
4 Sheldon's " 1 44 121 54 



5 gr. No. 787 col'd pencils, 


10 00 






1 9 gr. Eagle pens. No. 3, 


7 60 


1 


60 


3 gr. J.L.H. pens, 


1 08 


08 


1 cloz blank books, 


1 80 


1 


80 


200 report books, 


3 40 


3 


40 


10 rms. paper, 


5 50 






2 inkstands, 


50 






12 sheets copying paper, 


50 







May 18. 

May 21. 

Sept. 21. 

Aug. 23. 

Nov. 3. 



(J 50 
Credit 4 reams paper re- 
turned, $2.20 
Credit freight from No. 

Acton, 25, 2 45 4 05 

Nov. 23. 1 Webster In'l Dectionary, S 50 

1 Gem pencil sharpener, 3 00 11 50 



Dec. 


3. 

8. 
10. 

2 l> 

25. 

12. 
12. 


1 doz. profile maps, N.E., 
1 A.B.C. hand book gymnstcs, 


33 

68 


1 
1 

4 
3 


01 


Nov. 


12 gr. Eagle pens, 5 
Credit 11 gr.Eagle pens ret.,4 


40 
40 


_00 


Jan. 


5 rms. paper 2 
1 gr. No. 611 pen holders, 
1 lb. No. 120 rubber erasers, 
1 record book, 


75 

72 
70 
25 


42 


Jan. 
Jan. 

Jan. 
Feb. 


1 Gem pencil sharpener, 3 
Repairing pencil sharpeners 

and express, 
1000 envelopes, 
1 lb. rubber erasers No. 120, 


00 

40 

75 
05 


00 

40 

75 
65 



200 48 



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D. C. Heath & Co. 

March 29. 6 Heart of Oak books, $2 25 $2 25 
May 14. 4 Hyde language lessons, 1 40 

Less 1-6 23 1 17 



May 8. 35 Heart of Oak, Xo. 2, 

old edition, 7 70 7 70 

May 27. Segliere, 5 10 

Less 1-6. 85 4 25 



May 8. 70 Walsh elem, arith., 15 40 
90 Walsh inter, arith., 23 40 



38 80 
Less 10 per cent., 3 88 34 92 $50 29 



American Book Co. 

May 1. 6 Webster's pri. diet., $2 88 

Less 1-6, 57 $2 31 

May 8. 120 Metcalf elem. Eng., 48 00 
5 Metcalf grammars, 3 00 

1 Brooks English lit., 35 

51 35 

Less 20 per cent., 10 27 

41 08 

Credit by old books, 10 56 30 52 

Sept. 10. 10 H. & M. Virgils, 12 50 

15 Barnes Jarge geog., 18 75 



31 25 

Less 20 per cent.. 6 25 25 00 57 83 

Houghton, Mifflin & Co 

March 29. 10 FablesJ& Folk Stories, $3 40 $3 40 

May 3. 6 Colburn's arith.. 1 79 1 79 

TsTov. 1. 18 « 5 36 5 36 $10 55 



TOWX OF ACTON. 



Leach, Shewell & Sanborx. 



May 1. 6 doz. copy books No. 2, $6 00 
6 " " 3, 6 00 

12 00 

Less 1-6, 2 00 $10 00 



March 23. Bal. due on ex. of books, <X> 93 

Sept. 1(1. 5 doz. copy books, 5 00 

Less 1-5, 1 00 4 00 814 93 

J. R. Walks. 
April 15. Rebinding 3 dictionaries, $0 00 $6 00 $6 00 

M. E. Taylor & Co. 
March 8. Twine, $ 33 $ 33 $ 33 

M. C. Reed. 

March 8. Express charges, $4 To $4 75 $4 75 

Charles L. Bradford. 
March 8. Express charges, $ 30 £ 30 $ 30 

A. L. Noyes. 
March 8. Express charges, $8 00 $8 00 $8 00 

$472 as 
Supplies in supply room are valued at $100 00 

Charles J. Williams, Purchasing Agent. 



Town Warrant 

For Animal Meeting, April 4, 1898.- 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Middlesex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in the 
County of Middlesex, Greeting : 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts to notify and warn the inhabitants of the 
Town of Acton, qualified to vote in elections and town affairs, 
to assemble in the Town Hall in said town, on Monday, the 
fourth day of April, a. d., 1898, at 9 o'clock a.m., then and there 
to act upon the following articles as they may think proper, viz : 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will accept the reports of the 
Selectmen, Overseers of Poor, School Committee and other town 
officers. 

Art. 3. To choose all necessary town officers and committees, 
and fix salaries. 

Art. 4. To see if the town will maintain street lamps the 
present year or act anything thereon. 

Art. 5. To see if the town will authorize its Treasurer, with 
the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money for the town if 
necessary in anticipation of the taxes the current year. 

Art. 6. To hear and act upon the report of any committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. 

Art. 7. To see if the town will accept the jury list as revised 
by the Selectmen. 

Art. 8. To see if the town will appropriate $275 for the pur- 
chase of suitable heating apparatus for the Centre school building. 

Art. 9. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
the due observance of Memorial Day. 

Art. 10. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Art. 11. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
its School Committee. 



/ 



ib ANNUAL HE PORTS 

Art. 12. To see if the town will straighten, widen and grade 
the road leading from near the house of F. D. K. Hoar in West 
Acton to the South Acton road or act anything thereon. 

Art. 13. To see if the town will buy a road roller. 

Art. 14. To see what action the town will take in reference 
to the collecting of its taxes the present year. 

Art. 15. To vote Yes or No in answer to the question, shall 
licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in town 
the present year? 

Art. 16. To see if the town will revoke the vote whereby 
\f they accepted the provisions of chapter 158 of the statutes of the 
year 1871, and sections 74, 75 and 76 of chapter 2T of the public 
statutes in reference to Road Commissioners. 

Art. 17. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
for the support of schools the present year or act anything 
thereon. 

Art. 18. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
for school supplies the present year. 

Art. 19. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of money 
for the enforcement of the liquor law. 

Art. 20. To t see what amount of money the town will raise 
for the repair of roads and bridges the present year. 

Art. 21. To see if the town will build a cistern in West Ac- 
ton or act anything thereon. 

Art. 22. To see if the town will vote to build the Cash road 
V (so called) as laid out by the County Commissioners or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Art. 23. To see if the town will instruct the Cemetery Com- 
mittee to dig a well in Mt. Hope Cemetery or act anything 
thereon. 



Art. 24. To see if the town will authorize the Selectmen to 
convey a deed to Samuel Jones, Jr., for the land and buildings 
thereon of the southeast school district. 

Art. 25. To see if the town will locate and build a building 
for the high school near Kelly's corner or some where else. 

Art. 26. To see what action the town will take in regard to 
widening the bridge that spans the mill stream at South Acton. 



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TOWN OF ACTOX. i i 

Art. 27. To see if the town will instruct the School Com- 
mittee to unite with Wayland and Sudbury or other towns for 
the purpose of employing a Superintendent of Schools, according 
to Chap. 431, acts of 1888, take any action thereon or pass any 
votes relative thereto. 

Art. 28. To see if the town will repair the road leading fron 
South Acton past the house of W. S. Warren to Fletcher Cornei 
or act anything thereon. 

Art. 29. To see if the town will build a road from the Leland- 
Stevens road past the cold storage building to the turnpike, as 
laid out by the Road Commissioners, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 30. To see if the town will repair the road leading from 
the West Acton road past the house of J. P. Fletcher to the 
intersection of the Acton Centre road. 

Art. 31. To see if the town will vote to let the town hall to- 
the Acton Centre Congregational Society while repairing their 
church or act anything thereon. 

Art. 32. r l o see if the town will obtain the address given at 
the celebration of Patriot's Day by his honor, Geo. S. Boutelle, 
and publish the same in the town report or some other way. 

Art. 33. To see what amount of money the town will raise to 
defray town charges the present year. 

Art. 34. To see if the town will furnish water for the water- 
ing trough in the square in South Acton. 

And you are hereby directed to serve this warrant by posting 
up copies, attested by you, in the following places : One in each 
of the post offices in the town, one at each of the railroad stations 
in the town, one in each of the stores of C. H. Mead & Co., H. A. 
Littlefield, Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, M. E. Taylor & Co., and 
one at the office of F. J. Hastings & Co., and one at the Xagog 
House, seven days at least before the time appointed for hold- 
ing said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this warrant with 



78 ANNUAL REPORTS 

your doings thereon, to the Selectmen or Town Clerk on or before 
the time for holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands in Acton, this 22d clay of March, in 
the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred ninety -eight. 

E. Faulkner Conant, 
Wm. F. Stevens, 
David C. Harris, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



\ 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON, MASS., 

For the Year Ending (larch 12, 

1899. 



Together with the School Report 




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INDEX TO CONTENTS 



Town Clerk's Report, . 










PAG 

3 


Transcript of Town Warrants and Meetings, '98, 
Births, 


3-13 
14 


Marriages, . 
Deaths, 












16 
17 


Dog Licenses, . 
Report of Selectmen, . 
List of Jurors, 












19 
31 
41 


Treasurer, 












42 


Overseers of the Poor, 












47 


Memorial Library, 












53 



SCHOOL REPORT. 

School Committee, 

Financial Statement, 
Superintendent of Schools, 
Statistical Tables, 
Dep't School Supplies . 



59 
61 
63 

69 

70 



Town Warrant, 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON, MASS., 

For the Year Ending riarch 12, 

1899. 



Together with the School Report 




*g&? *ijji...j| i ■ ., 



hudson, mass. : 
The Enterprise Printing Company. 



Town Clerk's Report, 



TOWN MEETING MATTERS. 
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, held April 4, 1898. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to president said meeting. 

Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 
Article 2. To see if the town will accept the reports of the 
Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee, and 
other town officers. 

Voted, To accept the reports of the several town officers as 
printed. 

Article 3. To choose all necessary town officers and commit- 
tees and fix salaries. 

The following town officers were chosen on one ballot : 

Town Clerk, Horace F. Tuttle. 

Town Treasurer, Jona. K. W. Wetherbee. 

Selectmen, E. Faulkner Conant, Wm. F. Stevens, David C. 
Harris. 

Assessors, James B. Tuttle, William F. Stevens, Anson C. 
Piper. 

Overseers of the Poor, E. Faulkner Conant, William F. Stev- 
ens, David C. Harris. 

Collector of Taxes, William F. Stevens. 

School Committee, Isaiah Hutchins. 

Constables, William F. Stevens, James Kinsley, Moses A. 
Reed, L. E. Reed. 

Cemetery Committee, John Fletcher, Horace F. Tuttle, Chas. 
B. Stone. 

Fence Viewers, Daniel H. Farrar, Reuben L. Reed, Samuel 
Jones, Jr. 

Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves, Herbert T. 
Clark, Jona. P. Fletcher, Edgar H. Hall, Edward F. Richardson. 



4 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Trustee of Memorial Library, 3 years, Wm. D. Tuttle. 
Auditor, Hiram J. Hapgood. 

Voted, That the salary of the Collector of Taxes for the ensu- 
ing year be fixed at $150, the same to include all the duties and 
services belonging to said office. 

Voted, That the enforcement of the liquor law be left with 
the Selectmen with instructions to enforce the law, and that 
they be empowered to employ officers to prosecute violators of 
the law. 

Article 4. To see if the town will maintain street lamps the 
present year, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, To raise $500 to be expended in the same manner as 
last year. 

Article 5. To see if the town will authorize its Treasurer, 
with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money for 
the town, if necessary, in anticipation of the taxes the 
current year. 
Voted, That the Town Treasurer be authorized to borrow in 
anticipation of the taxes for the year 1898 such sums of money 
as may be needed from time to time, for the current expenses of 
the town, paying therefor the current market rate of interest, 
giving the note or notes of the town therefor, signed by the 
Treasurer, and countersigned by at least a majority of the Se- 
lectmen, to be paid from the taxes to be raised in the year 1898. 
Article 6. To hear and act upon the report of any committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. 
Heard the report of the Committee on Enforcement of the 
Liquor Law. 

Voted, To accept their report. 
Article 7. To see if the town will accept the jury list as re- 
vised by the Selectmen. 
Voted, To accept the jury list as revised by the Selectmen, 
with, the exception of the names of Geo. E. Holton and Elisha 
H. Cutler, who were excused at their request. 
Article 8. To see if the town will approprirte $275 for the 
purchase of suitable heating apparatus for the Centre 
school building. 
Voted, To appropriate the sum of $275. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 5 

Article 9. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
for the due observance of Memorial Day. 
Voted, To raise the sum of $50. 
Article 10. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 
Voted, To raise $400 for running expenses and $200 for books. 
Article 11. To see what action the town will take in regard 
to its School Committee. 
Voted, To dismiss the article. 
Article 12. To see if the town will straighten, widen and 
grade the road leading from near the house of F. D. K. 
Hoar, in West Acton, to the South Acton road, or act any- 
thing thereon. 
Voted, To refer the matter to the Road Commissioners, with 
power to act. 
Article 13. To see if the town will bay a road roller. 

Voted, To dismiss the article. 
Article 14. To see what action the town will take in refer- 
ence to the collecting of its taxes the present year. 
Voted, That the Collector charge interest at the rate of six 
per centum per annum on all taxes remaining unpaid after the 
first day of November next. 

Voted, That all taxes shall be paid on or before the first day of 
March next, and if any taxes remain unpaid after that date the 
Collector shall collect according to law. 

Article 15. To vote Yes or No in answer to the question, 
" Shall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating 
liquors in town the present year ?" 
Whole number of ballots cast 122. Yes, 19 ; No, 103. 
Article 16. To see if the town will revoke the vote whereby 
they accepted the provisions of Chap. 158 of the Statutes 
of the year 1871, and Sections 74, 75 and 76 of Chap. 27 
of the Public Statutes in reference to road commissioners. 
Voted, To revoke the former vote of the town whereby they 
accepted certain provisions of the statutes relating to choosing 
road commissioners. 

Article 17. To see what amount of money the town will raise 
for the support of schools the present year, or act anything 
thereon. 



6 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Voted, That the following sums of money be raised and ap- 
propriated for the following purposes : 

For common schools, $3,400 

High school, 1,600 

School supplies, 475 

Transportation of S. E. pupils, 270 

Transportation of East pupils, 360 

Apparatus and books for High School, 100 

Salary of Superintendent of Schools, 465 

$6,670 

Article 18. To see what amount of money the town will 
vote to raise for school supplies the present year. 
Voted, To raise $475. 
Article 19. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the enforcement of the liquor law. 
Voted, To appropriate the sum of $500. 
Article 20. To see what amount of money the town will 
raise for the repair of roads and bridges the present year. 
Voted, To raise the sum of $2,250. 
Article 21. To see if the town will build a cistern in West 
Acton, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, To refer the matter to the Selectmen, with power to act. 
Article 22. To see if the town will vote to build the " Cash 
road " (so called) as laid out by the County Commissioners, 
or act anything thereon. 
Voted, To build the Cash road as ordered by the County Com- 
missioners. 

Voted, That the Selectmen petition for a relocation if they 
consider it expedient. 

Article 23. To see if the town will instruct the Cemetery 
Committee to dig a well in Mt. Hope Cemetery, or act any- 
thing thereon. 
Voted, That the Cemetery Committee be instructed to dig a 
well in Mt. Hope Cemetery. 

Article 24. To see if the town will authorize the Selectmen 
to convey a deed to Samuel Jones, Jr., for the land and 
buildings thereon of the Southeast school district. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 7 

Voted, That the Selectmen be authorized to convey, by deed, 
to Samuel Jones, Jr., the land, with the school buildings thereon, 
situated in South East Acton. 

Article 25. To see if the town will locate and build a build- 
ing for the High School, near Kelly's Corner, or somewhere 
else. 
Voted, To dismiss the article. 
Article 26. To see what action the town will take in regard 
to widening the bridge that spans the mill stream at South 
Acton. 
Voted, To refer the matter to the Selectmen. 
Article 27. To see if the town will instruct the School Com- 
mittee to unite with Wayland and Sudbury, or other towns, 
for the purpose of employing a superintendent of schools, 
according to Chap. 431, Acts of 1888, take any action there- 
on, or pass any votes relative thereto. 
Voted, To instruct the School Committee to unite with Way- 
land and Sudbury, or other towns, for the purpose of employing 
a superintendent of schools. 

Article 28. To see if the Town will repair the road leading 
from South Acton past the house of W. S. Warren to 
Fletcher Corner, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, To refer the matter to the Selectmen. 
Article 29. To see if the town will build a road from, the 
Leland-Stevens road, past the cold storage building to the 
turnpike, as laid out by the Road Commissioners, or act 
anything thereon. 
Voted, To dismiss the article. 
Article 30. To see if the town will repair the road leading 
from the West Acton road past the house of J. P. Fletcher 
to the intersection of the Acton Center road. 
Voted, To raise $250 to repair the piece of road specified in 
the article. 

Article 31. To see if the town will vote to let the Town Hall 
to the Acton Center Cong. Society while repairing their 
church, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, That the town give the use of their hall to the Evan- 
gelical Society in Acton Center while repairing their meeting 
house, on condition that they pay the cost of opening the hall. 



8 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Article 32. To see if the town will obtain the address given 
at the celebration of Patriots Day by His Honor, George S. 
Boutwell, and publish the same in the Town Report, or some 
other way. 
Voted, That Luther Conant and Dr. I. Hutchins be a commit- 
tee to obtain, if possible, the addresses delivered at the celebra- 
tion of Patriots Day by His Honor, George S. Boutwell and the 
late Gov. Greenhalge, and have them printed. 
Article 33. To see what amount of money the Town will 
raise to defray town charges the present year. 
Voted. To raise $5,000. 
Article 34. To see if the town will furnish water for the 
watering trough in the Square in South Acton. 
Voted, That the matter be left discretionary with the Select- 
men. 

The following resolution was presented to the meeting by 
Chas. J. Williams : 

" By the citizens of Acton, in Massachusetts, this fourth day 
of April, 1898, in their annual Town Meeting assembled, 

Resolved, That the wise, patriotic and conservative foreign 
policy of the President of the United States has won our admir- 
ation and receives our hearty support. We believe that the 
honor and interests of this nation, and the best interests of the 
people of Cuba, are safe in his care." 

Voted unanimously, That these resolutions be adopted and 
telegraphed to the President by the Moderator of this meeting. 
Voted, To adjourn. 
A true record. Attest : Horace F. Tuttle, 

Town Clerk. 



Proceedings of a Meeting held August 24, 1898. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting. 

Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 
Article 2. To see what amount of money the town will raise 

or appropriate to build the Cash road (so called), or act 

anything thereon. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



9 



Voted, To appropriate $1,200 to build the Cash road, as or- 
dered by the County Commissioners, and that the road be built 
under the supervision of the Superintendent of Streets. 
Article 3. To see if the town will vote to sell the East Acton 
schoolhouse, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, To authorize the Selectmen to sell the East school- 
house, when they consider it expedient for the town. 
Voted, To adjourn. 
A true record. Attest : Horace F. Tuttle, 

Town Clerk. 



Proceedings of the Town Meeting held Nov. 8, 
In Precincts Nos. 1, 2 and 3. 



Votes. 










For Governor. 












Prec. 1. 


Prec. 2. 


Prec. 3. 


Total. 


Alexander B. Bruce, 


15 


16 


15 


46 


Samuel B. Shapleigh, 


1 


1 


4 


6 


Eoger Wolcott, 


76 


74 


68 


218 


Blanks, 


6 


1 


2 


9 


For Lieutenant Governor. 










W. Murray Crane, 


76 


73 


67 


216 


John L. Kilborn, 


1 


1 


3 


5 


Edward J. Slattery, 


16 


14 


12 


42 


Blanks, 


5 


4 


7 


16 


For Secretary. 










Henry A. Inman, 


1 


1 


3 


5 


Henry Lloyd, 


15 


15 


12 


42 


William M. Olin, 


76 


72 


67 


215 


Blanks, 


6 


4 


7 


17 


For Treasurer. 










Harry J. Jaquith, 


16 


14 


13 


43 


Edward P. Shaw, 


74 


67 


61 


202 


Herbert M. Small, 


2 


1 


4 


7 


Chas. W. White, 


1 





1 


2 


Blanks, 


5 


10 


10 


25 



10 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



For Auditor. 





Prec. i. 


Prec. 2. 


Prec. 3. 


Total 


Chas. S. Grieves, 





1 





1 


John W. Kimball, 


75 


72 


66 


213 


Chas. F. Parker, 


16 


15 


11 


42 


Walter E. Sanford, 


1 


1 


4 


6 


Blanks, 


6 


3 


8 


17 


For Attorney General. 










Patrick Kilroy, 


16 


n 


12 


39 


Hosea M. Knowlton, 


74 


73 


69 


216 


Clarence E. Spellman, 


1 








1 


Blanks, 


7 


8 


8 


23 


For Councillor. 










Marcellus H. Fletcher, 


16 


14 


12 


42 


S. Herbert Howe, 


75 


68 


64 


207 


Blanks, 


7 


10 


13 


30 


For Senator. 










Alvan Fisher, 


16 


13 


5 


34 


Frank A. Patch, 


75 


75 


80 


230 


Blanks, 


7 


4 


4 


15 


For Representative in General Court. 








Herbert J. Harwood, 


74 


70 


50 


194 


Charles K. White, 


19 


18 


28 


65 


Blanks, 


5 


4 


11 


20 


For County Commissioner. 










Francis Bigelow, 


61 


56 


44 


161 


Blanks, 


37 


36 


45 


118 


For Special Commissioners. 










Truman W. Hagar, 


16 


12 


11 


39 


David T. Strange, 


58 


54 


50 


162 


Edward E. Thompson, 


50 


46 


41 


137 


George W. Van Horn, 


9 


8 


10 


27 


Blanks, 


63 


64 


66 


193 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



11 



For District Attorney. 

Prec. i. Prec. 2. Prec. 3. Total 

Fred. N. Wier, 63 60 50 173 

Blanks, 35 32 39 106 

For Register of Probate, Etc. 
Samuel H. Folsom, 
Blanks, 



For Sheriff. 
Henry G. Cushing, 
Blanks, 

For Representative in Congress. 
I. Porter Morse, 
George W. Weymouth, 
Blanks, 

Whole No. of ballots cast, 98 92 89 

A true record. 



69 


61 


53 


183 


29 


31 


36 


96 


64 


62 


53 


179 


34 


30 


36 


100 


17 


20 


16 


53 


74 


62 


62 


198 


7 


10 


11 


28 



279 



Attest : Horace F. Tuttle, 

Town Clerk. 



YOTE OF THE 23d MIDDLESEX DISTRICT FOR REPRESENTATIVE TO 

the General Court. 





Acton. 


Ayer. 


Littleton 


Shirley. 


Westford 


Herbert J. Harwood, . 
Chas. R. White, .... 
Herbert E. Fletcher, . . 
Blanks, 


194 
20 


158 

84 

11 


98 
44 

13 


84 
101 

8 


144 

111 

2 

38 


Total, 


279 


253 


155 


193 


295 



12 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Proceedings of the Town Meeting held Feb. 2, 1 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting. 

Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 
Article 2. To see if the town will instruct the Board of Se- 
lectmen to petition the Superior Court for the abolition of 
grade crossings at South Acton. 
Voted, That the Board of Selectmen be instructed to join with 
the Fitehburg R. R. Co., in petitioning for the abolition of grade 
crossings at South Acton. 

Article 3. To see if the town will dispose of the fire engine at 
South Acton. 
Voted, That the Selectmen be instructed to dispose of the fire 
engine in South Acton, at the best advantage. 
Article 4. To see if the town will reconsider the vote whereby 
they voted to hold but one annual town meeting, instead of 
two, and act anything thereon. 
Voted, To reconsider said vote. 

Voted, To instruct the Selectmen to call two meetings in the 
months of Feb., March or April, at such dates as they may con- 
sider best, for the transaction of the business of the town. 
Article 5. To see if the town will agree upon a location for a 
piece of State road, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, That the town favor the petition presented in 1895 by 
the Board of Selectmen to the Mass. Highway Commission, for 
a piece of State road from Concord line towards Acton Centre. 
105 votes in the affirmative. 
42 votes in the negative. 
Article 6. To see if the town will reconsider the vote where- 
by they voted to elect all town officers on one ballot, or act 
anything thereon. 
Voted, To reconsider said vote. 
Article 7. To see if the town will vote to replank the bridge 
at Merriam's factory, or act anything thereon. 
No action taken. 
Article 8. To see what action the town will take in the matter 
of providing needful accommodations for the schools at 
South Acton. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 13 

Voted, That the School Committee, Moderator and the Select- 
men be appointed a committee to investigate the matter of school 
accommodations in South Acton, and report at the next town 
meeting. 

Voted to adjourn the meeting. 
A true record. 

Attest : Horace F. Tuttle, 

Town Clerk. 



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ANNUAL REPORTS 

MABBIAGES BEGISTEBED IX 1898. 



NO. DATE. 


NAMES. 


RESIDENCES. 


1898. 






1. April 5. ( 


Aubrey W. Illsley 


Acton 


Littleton. \ 


Emma J. Brown 


Littleton, 


2. April 6. ( 


Ernest K. Teele 


Acton 


Acton. \ 


Martha li. Shattuck 


Acton. 


3. April 9. < 


James F. Stiles, Jr. 


Acton 


Acton. I 


Annie L. Clark 


Acton 


4. May 7. j 
Maynard. ( 


Benjamin C. Brown 


Acton 


Emily P. Shearer 


Maynard 


5. June 1. f 


Arthur C. Anderson 


Nashua, N. H. 


Acton. | 


Viola A. Preston 


Acton 


6. June 15. J 
Maynard. ( 


FredericK: J. King 


Maynard 


Sarah J. McGovern 


Acton 


7. June 21. j 
Stow. 1 


Waldo E. Whitcomb 


Acton 


Elmira L. White 


Stow 


8. June 29. j 


Cyrus Hosmer 


Concord 


Acton. ' 


M. Louise Hosmer 


Acton 


9. Sept. 1. / 


Ernest E. Wetherbee 


Putney, Ga. 


Littleton. " 


Harriet H. Pickard 


Littleton 


10. Sept. 28. / 


Frederick L. Pingree 


Somerville 


Acton. 


May C. Loftus 


Acton 


11. Oct. 5. ;' 


Guy P. Littlefield 


Acton 


Acton, "i 


Melzina M. Downie 


Margaretville,N. S. 


12. Nov. 3. i 


C. Carlton Taylor 


Acton 


Stow, "i 


Mabel M. Adams 


Stow 


13. Nov. 9. y 


Frank Weaver 


Acton 


Acton, "i 


Isabella T. Cropley 


Acton 


14. Nov. 19. \ 


Anders Christaffersen 


Acton 


Acton. 


Annie Andersen 


Acton 


15. Dec. 14. j 


Samuel B. Mentzer 


Acton 


Acton. " 


Abbie M. Hale 


Acton 


16. Dec. 28.^ 


Frank A. Pelton 


Boston 


Acton. " 


1 Annie B. Pelton 


Boston 







TOWN OF ACTON. 






IT 




DEATHS REGISTERED IN 1898. 








NO. DATES. 




NAMES. 


, AGES— 


— \ 


1898. 






YRS. MOS. DAYS. 


1. Jan. 


30. 


George A. Hayward, 


45 


9 


18 


2. Jan. 


31. 


Mary C. Hasty, 


52 


— 


— 


3. Jan. 


31. 


John A. Bowen, 


78 


1 


6 


4. Feb. 


3. 


Eliza J. Tuttle, 


75 


10 


3 


5. Marcl 


L 4. 


Fidelia Wheeler, 


92 


6 


28 


6. March 17. 


Dominick Duignan, 


64 


2 


— 


7. March 22. 


James Tuttle, 


79 


9 


28 


8. March 23. 


Irving V. Whitcomb, 


40 


11 


20 


9. April 


8. 


Luke T. Willard, 


62 


3 


18 


10. April 


29. 


Edward N. Robbins, 


61 


6 


6 


11. May 


17. 


Ellen A. Batchelder, 


64 


4 


5 


12. May 


27. 


Mary Ann Law, 


86 


7 


14 


13. June 


3. 


Pauline Hale, 


67 


11 


3 


14. June 


13. 


George R. Clough, 


— 


— 


— 


15. June 


20. 


John J. Baker, 


1 


1 


24 


16. June 


21. 


Harriet D. Nichols, 


56 


5 


12 


17. July 


1. 


Harriet M. Fitch, 


75 


6 





18. July 


3. 


Alvin I). Russell, 


47 


8 


7 


19. Aug. 


3. 


Martha E. Wheeler, 


2 


5 


25 


20. Aug. 


18. 


Isabella M. Harrington, 


— 


10 


2 


21. Aug. 


23. 


James E. Kinsley, 


— 


2 


17 


22. Sept. 


9. 


Harry R. Hardy, 


38 


5 


— 


23. Sept. 


30. 


Anna F. Cahee, 


91 


7 


4 


24. Oct. 


4. 


Elizabeth M. Barnard, 


65 


5 


12 


25. Nov. 


3. 


Solomon L. Dutton, 


89 


11 


13 


26. Nov. 


13. 


Susan Grimes, 


27 


4 


17 


27. Nov. 


15. 


Joseph Barker, 


91 


4 


23 


28. Nov. 


23. 


Isaac Reed, 


75 


8 


10 


29. Nov. 


25. 


Lucy B. Robbins, 


66 


— 


21 


30. Nov. 


26. 


Charles Wheeler, 


71 


2 


5. 


31. Nov. 


29. 


Daniel Tuttle 


84 


9 


8 


32. Dec. 


3. 


Joseph Noyes, 


89 


2 


25 


33. Dec. 


17. 


Julia A. Brooks, 


65 


9 


— 


34. Dec. 


27. 


Carmine Palladore, 


24 


— 


— 



IS ANNUAL REPORTS 

PERSONS BROUGHT TO ACTON FOR BURIAL. 

DATE OF DEATH. PLACE OF DEATH. 

NO. l897. 

1. Dec. 24. Lois C. Hosmer, Lawrence, 

2. Dec. 26. Mary Temple, Chelmsford, 

1898. 

3. Jan. 2. James Monlton, Pepperell, 

4. Jan. 5. Carrie M. Dunn, Clinton, 

5. Jan. 14. Elizabeth R. Penniman, Arlington, 

6. Jan. 21. Francis D. Walcott, Maiden, 

7. Feb. 17. Herbert A. Raymond, Boston, 

8. March 26. Evelyn J. Ball. Concord, 

9. April 24. Achsa Hanscom, North Easton, 

10. April 24. Flora A. Cummings, Marlboro, 

11. May 31. Ephraim H. Raymond, Boston, 

12. June 10. Mary Hosmer, Natick, 

13. Aug. 22. Martha P. Perkins, Boston, 

14. Sept. 22. Frances Josephine Fisher, Maynard, 

15. Sept. 24. Clarence E. Anderson, Fall River, 

16. Oct. 18. Henry Farrar, Lynn, 

17. Oct. 18. William J. Rodway, New York, 

18. Oct. 24. Ellen B. Mott, Boston, 

19. Nov. 12. Maria Snow, Lawrence, 

20. Nov. 13. Elizabeth W. Burr, West Newton, 

21. Dec. 8. Jas. Lyman Rouillard, Maiden, 

22. Dec. 18. Elizabeth Meagan, Boston, 

23. Dec. 21. Minnie G. Hall, Hartford, Conn., 

Note. — To make the registration as complete as possible, the 
Town Clerk requests information of any omission or error in the 
lists of births, marriages and deaths. 

Note. — In accordance with Section 8, Chap. 32, of the Public 
Statutes, the Town Clerk hereby gives notice that he is prepared 
to furnish to all physicians, midwives and persons applying 
therefor, blanks for the return of births. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 
Acton, Jan. 1, 1899. 



YRS. ] 

79 


AGES v 

VIOS. DAYS. 

3 4 


91 


1 


27 


57 


5 





29 


7 





70 


1 


26 


79 


4 


16 





5 








2 


23 


71 


3 


18 


45 


9 


19 


59 


6 


25 


86 


3 


— 


82 


10 
6 

7 


— 


22 


z 


64 


— 


— 


25 








65 








89 


11 


28 


81 


11 


23 


22 


5 


8 


23 






30 







TOWN OF 


' ACTON. 


19 


PERSONS HAVING 


DOGS LICENSED IN 1898. 




Calvin S. Simonds, 


$5 


Charles W. Martin, Jr., 


$2 


Frank A. Pratt, 


2 


Daniel H. Farrar, 


2 


E. Eddie Fletcher, 


2 


Catherine M. Green, 


2 


J. Sterling Moore. 


2 


Luke Tuttle, 


2 


Charles H. Morris, 


2 


William F. Stevens, 


5 


James P. Brown, 


2 


J. L. Richardson, 


5 


0. W. Titus, 


2 


F. L. Williams, 


5 


Clarence E. Switzer, 


5 


H. E. Faulkner, 


2 


Laurin W. Pratt, 


2 


Walter M. French, 


2 


Smith Finney (2), 


10 


William B. Manning, 


2 


Lottie C. Flagg, 


2 


A. L. Lawrence, 


2 


Charles L. Ford (3), 


12 


Charles A. Taylor, 


2 


E. C. Shapley, 


2 


George H. Brooks, 


2 


Mrs. H. Haynes, 


2 


Adolphus Dusseault, 


2 


W. F. Kelley, 


2 


Charles H. Wheeler, 


2 


James F. Stiles, 


2 


Samuel B. Ineson, 


2 


Francis S. Davis, 


5 


Lyman Tuttle, 


2 


E. H. Carey, 


2 


M. G. Hayes, 


2 


F. J. Barker, 


2 


I. Simensen, 


2 


Michael Bulger, 


2 


Luther Conant, 


2 


Henry L. Fay, 


2 


J. E. Durkee, 


2 


Lester N. Fletcher, 


2 


David C. Harris, 


2 


A. J. Fletcher, 


2 


Constantine O'Neil, 


2 


Solon A. Robbins, 


2 


C. B. Robbins, 


2 


H. M. Smith, 


2 


George Hoit, 


2 


S. H. Taylor, 


2 


F. E. Greenough, 


2 


M. E. Taylor, 


2 


Charles Calder, 


2 


D. A. Cutler, 


2 


Warren Jones, 


2 


A. I. Goding, 


5 


M. E. Penniman, 


2 


A. H. Gilmore, 


2 


B. C. Brown, 


2 


W. B. Holt, 


2 


William J. Moore, 


2 


F. R. Knowlton, 


2 


Frank R. Stevens, 


2 


W. W. Philbrick, 


2 


Abel Farrar, 


2 


William C. Barnes, 


2 


C. S. Moulton, 


2 


J. R. Cole, 


2 


Frank E. Harris, 


2 


William S. Fletcher, 


2 


0* A. Knowlton, 


2 


Mrs. E. Hanson, 


2 


Jeremiah McCarty, 


2 



20 


ANNUAL 


REPORTS 




M. J. Harrington, 


$2 


Daniel Mahoney, 


$2 


"William S. Jones, 


2 


A. Risso, 


2 


C. M. Kimball, 


2 


C. F Shirland, 


2 


Tnttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 2 


A. L/Tuttle, 


2 


George W. Worster, 


2 


Mrs. J. Nash, 


2 


Mrs. A. D. Russell, 


2 


F. J. Taylor, 


2 


May L. Calder, 


2 


W. C. Bobbins, 


2 


A. F. Durkee, 


2 


J. Coughlin, 


• 2 


Willis L. Mead, 


2 


Patrick O'Neil, 


2 


Fred S. Whitcomb, 


2 


Maurice Lane, 


2 


A. Peterson, 


2 


James A. McLane, 


2 


F. E. Howland (2), 


4 


William H. Lawrence, 


5 


A. L. Murphy, 


2 


William H. Hill, 


2 


Charles J. Williams, 


2 







Whole number licensed, 105. 

Number of males, 93 ; at $2 each, 
" " females, 12 ; at $5 each, 



Deduct Clerk's fees 105 licenses at 20 cents each, 
Amount paid to County Treasurer, 



60 00 


246 00 


21 00 



$225 00 



HORACE F. TUTTLE, 'Town Clerk. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 21 



Selectmen's Report. 



Citizens of Acton : 

We respectfully submit to you our anuual report, with an un- 
expended balance of $1,544.51 : 

Centre School. 

Paid Helen J. Sloan, teacher, 
Sara Small, " 

Lena Bliss, " 

Florence N. Day, " 
Julian Turtle, janitor, 

" " cleaning rooms, 

George Greenough, 13,195 lbs. coal, 

" " 13,960 « 

M. E. Taylor & Co., two brooms, 

" " " twine, 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, one cushion, 



North School. 
Paid Ella L. Miller, teacher, 
Clarence B. Smith, janitor, 
J. W. Parsons, " 

Luther Davis, wood, 
John Maines, cutting wood, 
Cleaning, 

Allen G. Smith, cleaning vault, 
E. Jones & Co., 4,175 lbs. coal, 
" " delivering " 

" 3,900 lbs. " 
" " delivering " 



$120 00 


220 00 


20 00 


360 00 


75 00 


4 00 


39 59 


41 89 


63 


31 


60 



$882 02 



9 00 


24 00 


9 50 


4 50 


1 25 


1 00 


11 27 


2 09 


10 53 


1 95 



$435 09 



22 annual reports 

South School. 

Paid Hattie L. Tuttle, teacher, Grammar, S360 00 

Lilla Keniston, " Primary, 360 00 

Helene E. Greenwood, asst. teacher, Primary, 84 00 

Jennie E. Stowell, " " " 168 00 

C. L. Bradford, janitor, 90 00 

" " cleaning rooms, 6 00 

F. J. Hastings & Co., 10,290 lbs. coal, 29 84 

" " " 22,880 " ^ 35 

C. L. Bradford, cutting wood, 1 00 

Elvin Tuttle, wood, , 5 00 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, oil, 20 

" " " three brushes, 1 27 

" " " hooks, 21 

. " " " polish, 30 

" " " pearline, 10 

" " " coal hod, 1 00 

" " " one dipper, 25 

" " " broom, 25 

" soap, 06 

" lime, 25 

" seven ft. chain, 18 

" dust pan, 20 

" three cups, 15 

Michael Hannon, cleaning vault, 2 00 

$1,176 61 

• West School. 

I Harriet H. Gardner, teac 

Ella F. Whitcomb, 

Alzora Jacobs, 

Martha Hosmer, 

Florence Moran, 

Mary R. Burke, 

Martha Hosmer, 

Lena Bliss, 

Thomas Scanlan, janitor, 

E. C. Parker & Co., 22,200 lbs. coal, 



a a 

(t a 

i a 



3her, Primary, 


$240 00 

120 00 


" Intermediate, 


230 00 
6 00 


(i ii 


120 00 


" Grammar, 

« a 

a a 


310 00 
30 00 
10 00 




106 00 


)0 lbs. coal, 


61 05 



TOWN OF ACTON. 23 



Paid Thomas Scanlon, cutting wood, 




$3 00 


" " cleaning rooms, 




13 00 


" " furnishing water, 




7 99 


A. W. Wetherbee, wood, 




8 00 


H. A. Littlefield, three brooms, 




90 


" " one dust pan, 




20 


" " one brush, 




30 


" " one pail, 




25 




$1, 


266 69 


High School. 






Paid W. A. Charles, Principal, 


$1,000 00 


M. Florence Fletcher, asst. teacher, 




450 00 


C. L. Bradford, janitor, 




90 00 


Arthur Tuttle, orchestra at graduation, 




13 00 


C. L. Bradford, cleaning rooms, 




6 00 


F. J. Hastings & Co., 10,290 lbs. coal, 




29 85 


C. L. Bradford, cutting wood, 




1 00 


Elvin Tuttle, wood, 




5 00 


J. S. Westly & Sons, 




75 


J. L. Hammett Co., 




1 20 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, one brush, 




2 00 


" " " one duster, 




37 


" " " one jar, 




07 


" " " one pam 




10 


" " " chloride lime, 




07 


" " " one basin, 




35 


" " " 16 yds. ribbon, 




2 56 




$1,602 32 


Scientific Apparatus and Books of Reference. 




Paid De Wolf & Co., 


$ 


20 19 


Zeigler Electric, 




58 88 


E. E. Babb & Co., 


• 


7 33 


American Book Co., 




3 60 


J. L. Hammett Co., 




8 00 


C. J. Williams, 




1 90 



$99 90 



24 annual reports 

School Supplies. 

Paid J. L. Hammett Co., 
Ginn & Co., 

D. C. Heath & Co., 
American Book Co., 
Silver, Burdett & Co., 
De Wolfe, Fiske & Co., 

E. E. Babb & Co., 
Houghton & Mifflin, 

A. L. Noyes, Ex. in 1897, 
" " " 1898, 

N. C. Reed, " " 
C J. Williams, " " 

Transportation of Scholars. 
Paid J. Mekkelsen (East), 

W. S. Jones (South East), 
D. C. Harris, to High School, for one scholar, 
Wm. Hartwell, " " 

Allen G. Smith, " " 



$171 38 


78 70 


26 75 


146 43 


14 43 


3 50 


3 75 


3 91 


10 70 


11 25 


3 25 


2 17 


$476 22 


$360 00 


270 00 


5 00 


5 00 


5 00 



$645 00 



Memorial Library. 
Books and Magazines. 

Paid H. D. Noyes & Co., $34 80 

De Wolf, Fiske & Co., 316 21 

Perry, Mason & Co., 1 75 

W. A. Wilde & Co., 8 67 

Jordan, Marsh & Co., 40 00 

William D. Tuttle, 5 10 







$406 53 


Town appropriation, 


S200 00 




Interest from Wm. Wilde fund, 


196 60 




Library fines, 


23 00 




Catalogues, 


4 75 


$424 35 


Less expended, 


• 


406 53 



$17 82 



town of acton. 25 
Running Expenses. 

Paid O. D. Wood, janitor, $100 00 

Ethel M. Cutler, transporting books, 52 00 

Viola S. Tuttle, Librarian, 103 00 

" " for ink and labels, 35 

J. R. Wales, binding magazines, 38 65 

Luther Conant, " " 7 05 

George Greenough, 3,110 lbs. coal, 9 64 

" « 12,970 " 38 91 

M. E. Taylor, oil and brooms, etc., 18 41 

William D. Tuttle, expenses, 8 35 



Town appropriation, $400 00 

Less expenses, 376 36 



State and Military Aid. 



$376 36 



$ 23 64 



Paid W. B. Ball, Chap. 279 : 


, Acts 1889, 


$182 50 


Emma F. Blood, Chap. 


301, Acts 1889, 


48 00 


Lydia Handley, 


a 




48 00 


George Handley, 


a 




48 00 


Sarah E. Handley, 


u 




28 00 


Maria Kingsley, 


(( 




48 00 


Bridget Mawn, 


a 




48 00 


Eliza J. Shattuck, 


u 




48 00 


Luke Smith, 


a 




48 00 


Mary Smith, 


a 




48 00 


Allen G. Smith, 


a 




48 00 


Phebe F. Wood, 


a 




48 00 


Rebecca C. Wright, 


a 




48 00 


Addison B. Wheeler, 


a 




48 00 


Henry E. Forbush, Chap. 561, 


Acts 1898, 


16 00 



$802 50 



26 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Street Lamps. 
Paid Acton Centre Improvement Society, 28, 
East Acton Street Lighting Association, 22, 



West " " " " 

Henry Barker, 2, 

E. I. Banks, 
G. Clark, 

S. A. Christie, 
L. V. Clough, 2, 
W. F. Dessault, 
I. F. Duren, 
J. P. Fletcher, 2, 
A. J. Fletcher, 
Abel Farrar, 
H. A. Gray, 
D. C. Harris, 
H. J. Hapgood, 
Francis Hosmer, 
L. S. Hosmer, 
L. A. Hesselton, 

F. J. Hastings, 2, 
A. H. Jones, 
Elnathan Jones, 
C. M. Kimball, 
George E. Keyes, 
Mrs. M. E. Lothrop, 
J. D. Moulton, 
Albert Moulton, 
Frank Merriam, 

A. Merriam, 

A. C. Piper, 

C. S. Simonds, 

Edwin Tarbell, 

Mrs. Lottie Tolman, 

F. Z. Taylor, 

Tuttles, Jones & AVetherbee, 3, 

George W. Worster, 2, 

W. S. Warren, 

Victor Fowler, 

Universalist Society, South Acton, 



61, 



$ 92 12 


72 38 


200 69 


6 58 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


6 58 


3 29 


3 29 


6 58 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


6 58 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


6 58 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 


9 87 


6 58 


3 29 


3 29 


3 29 



$509 95 



TOWN OF ACTON. 27 



Loans and Interest. 
Paid First National Bank of Ayer, 
F. II. Jones, interest, 
Nettie A. Bowen, 



Support of Poor "on Farm. 
Paid Nancy D. Kobbins, 1 cart, 
" " 1 cow, 

" " 1 cow, 

C. W. Livingston, soft soap, 

E. 0. Parker & Co., 1 cow, 
W. H. Livingston, barrels, 
C. B. Robbins, 2 pigs, 

0. H. Forbnsh, 1 cow, 

a a \ a 

J. B. Tuttle, 1 " 
M. E. Taylor, goods, 

F. J. Hastings & Co., grain, 
Tnttles, Jones & Wetherbee, grain and goods, 
C. E. Switzer, blacksmith bill, 
Maynard & Nichols, 1 stove, 
W. E. Whitcomb & Co., meat, 

E. Jones & Co., coal, 
S. A. Guilford, shoeing horse, 

1. F. Duren, 1 casket, 
J. W. Livermore, labor, 
Charles Calder, " 
Moses Thompson, " 

" " for corn, 

" " fish, 

" " oil, 

" " peaches, 

" " ladder, 

Jerry McGrath, labor, 
John Jacobs, " 

F. J. Barker, medical attendance on Mrs. H. Brooks, 
" " " " " Eben Jones, 
" " " " " Lucy Hapgood, 



$3,050 00 


65 00 


50 00 


$3,165 00 


$ 25 50 


35 00 


48 00 


7 50 


55 00 


45 00 


5 00 


53 00 


57 00 


51 00 


371 30 


225 75 


254 48 


13 65 


5 00 


54 95 


25 42 


1 30 


15 00 


4 00 


5 00 


322 92 


1 10 


2 43 


12 


1 00 


1 75 


72 00 


76 00 


ks, 10 00 


14 75 


)d, 3 00 


$1,862 92 



28 annual reports 

Outside Poor. 

Paid Worcester Insane Asylum, $169 46 

" Lunatic Hospital, 169 46 

Abel Farrar for Eben Jones, 227 86 

F. E. Titcomb, M. D., « 10 00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., aid for Ed Brady, 9 78 

Elnathan Jones, " Nogle, 2 55 

Annie Lamb, " E. L. Wheeler, ' 47 00 

W. F. Stevens, " " 6 00 

Isaiah Hutchins, M. I)., " 20 25 

F. E. Tasker, M. D., " 114 00 

Mrs. John Davis, aid for, " 12 00 

J. W. Livermore, wood for " 2 25 

M. E. Taylor & Co., aid for James Hill, 65 15 

Asaph Parlin, rent " " 9 00 

City of Marlboro, aid " A. Rickerby, 32 00 

Clinton, " " T. Morey, 3 00 

Town of Mansfield," " F.Brooks, 8 00 

W. F. Stevens, expenses to Mansfield, 2 36 

D. C. Harris, aid for Mrs. M. Smith, 7 50 

C. H. Mead & Co., " " 36 26 
" " " « 33 00 

F. J. Barker, medical attendance on J. Hill family, 45 40 
F. E. Tasker, " « " C. H. Hastings, 1 00 

W. E. Whitcomb, aid for Mrs. M. Smith, 3 61 
Westboro Insane Hospital, support of F. E. Harris, 34 36 

D. C. Harris, expenses to Marlboro, 1 53 
" " " Tewksbury, 1 50 
" " " Clinton, 5 84 
" " Express, 55 

$1,080 67 

Cemetery Expenses. 

Paid Moses A. Reed, labor, $ 31 95 

Julian Tuttle, " 155 54 

Shady Hill Nursery Co., shrubbery, 12 50 

C. H. Mead & Co., seed, 1 40 



TOWN OF ACTON. 29 



Paid Fred Green, labor, 

Nahum Littlefield, " 
J. A. Whitcomb, " 

W. F. Stevens, " 

Rice & Davis, pipe and solder, 
E. C. Stevens, Ex., 
A. H. Perkins, labor, 
Waldo Bros., pipe, 
W. J. Hayden, trees, 
J. Newman & Sons, plants, 
Fred Norris, labor, 
Paint, 
John Fletcher, plants, 



$78 38 


67 50 


3 40 


1 00 


1 50 


1 50 


2 00 


17 55 


12 25 


12 00 


2 50 


1 75 


24 35 



$427 07 



Repairs on Public Buildings and Grounds. 

Paid F. Z. Taylor, repairs on South School House, $ 1 52 
Samuel Jones, Jr., " " " 289 01 

F. W. Billings, " North « 2 50 

SamuelJones, Jr., " " " 1196 

W. P. Lapham, " " " 3 50 

Maynard & Nichols, repairs on town pump, 5 27 
" " " " West School House, 5 61 

Lewis Willard, labor on South School grounds, 3 00 

C. L. Bradford, " " " 2 00 

Luther Billings, " " " 3 95 

John Tapley, " " " 3 50 

W. Coons, repairs on East School House, 50 

Warren Houghton, " West " 1 75 

H. T. Clark, " " " 6 50 

Rice & Davis, " " " 10 75 

" " " 6 04 

" farm buildings, 7 95 

" South School House, 55 54 

" Library, 75 

" South « 16 63 

Francis Jones, labor on School Houses, 33 59 



F. 


R. 


Knowlton, 


J. 


W. 


Henderson, 




u 


a 




u 


u 


John 


Temple, 



30 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Paid Moses Reed, labor, $11 90 

Henry Livermore, labor on Tramp House, 31 43 

W. P. Lapham, " •'< 12 00 

E. Jones & Co., lumber for « 63 38 
Moses Thompson, brick, hair and sand for Tramp 

House, 2 49 

E. Jones & Co., lumber for Centre School House, 2 87 

« « , « West < " 2 15 

" " " farm, 4 08 

O. D. Wood, labor at farm, 6 50 

Rice & Davis, heater for Centre School House, 313 49 

F. E. Harris, repairs on West " 4 98 
H. A. Littlefield, " " " 45 
C. H. Mead & Co., " " " 82 
Isaiah Hutchins, for labor on West School 

House grounds, 6 50 
F. R. Knowlton, for labor on West School House 

grounds, 8 81 
Thomas Scanlon, labor on West School House 

grounds, 2 50 

W. B. Davis, labor on Centre School House, 3 59 

" farm, 21 25 

George G. Keith, pump for North School, 8 50 

" " repairs on pump at West School 

House, 2 45 

George G. Keith, repairs on stoves and furnaces, 1 1 55 
Spofford Robbins, repairs on Centre School 

House, 9 97 

C. J. Williams, for repairs on So. School House, 1 40 
J. W. Parsons, labor on North School House and 

grounds, 5 00 

Julian Tuttle, labor on Library grounds, 3 75 

Waldo Bros., bbl. cement, 3 00 

Zeigler Electric Co., 20 45 

M. E. Taylor, for repairs on Centre School House, 1 13 

$1,038 21 



TOWN OF ACTON. 31 



Town Officers. 



Paid Horace F. Tuttle, Clerk, 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, Treasurer, 

E. Faulkner Conant, Selectman, 

Wm. F. Stevens, " 

David C. Harris, " 

James B. Tuttle, Assessor, 

Wm. F. Stevens, " 

Anson C. Piper, " 

David C. Harris, Overseer of Poor, 

E. Faulkner Conant, u 

Wm. F. Stevens, " 

Charles J. Williams, School Committee, 

Horace F. Tuttle, " 

Isaiah Hut chins, " 

Andrew Thomson, Supt. of Schools, 

Edward Dixon, " 

Horace F. Tuttle, Registrar of Voters, 

Julian Tuttle, " 

Samuel A. Guilford, " 

James McGreen, " 

Wm. F. Stevens, Collector of Taxes, 

H. J. Hapgood, Auditor, 

" " Election Officer, 

T. F. Newton, " 

K J. Cole, « 

L. E. Reed, " 

H. F. Tuttle, 
L. C. Taylor, " 

E. A. Phalen, " 

F. P. Brooks, " 
S. A. Guilford, 

W T . F. Kelly, " 

James Kinsley, " 

Fred S. Whitcomb, " 

W. B. Holt, Sealer Weights and Measures, 

Moses Reed, Constable, 

L. E. Reed, " 



; 30 oo 


80 00 


95 00 


50 00 


50 00 


50 00 


30 00 


30 00 


50 00 


20 00 


10 00 


75 85 


15 00 


15 00 


300 00 


155 00 


15 00 


12 00 


12 00 


12 00 


150 00 


6 00 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


2 50 


6 00 


19 20 


19 20 



32 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Paid L. E. Reed, 


$ 5 00 


M. A. Reed, 


3 00 


R. L. Reed, 


4 00 


W. F. Stevens, 


2 00 


" " Supt. of Streets, 


25 00 


M. A. Reed, Inspector of Cattle, 


3 00 




$1,379 25 


Roads and Bridges. 




Paid N. Littlefield, labor, 


$1,194 01 


a a 


250 00 


Anson C. Piper, " 


1,036 71 


P. Peterson, ■" 


2 50 


Geo. A. Whitney, " 


12 00 


Wm. Kingsley, " 


5 63 


E. Jones & Co., lumber, 


18 79 


David C. Harris, stone, 


13 26 


Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, pipe, 


2 70 


Minnie G. Bassett, gravel, 


3 75 


E. F. Conant, " 


1 40 


John Fletcher, " 


30 


F. H. Whitcomb, " 


9 85 


Geo. H. S. Houghton, " 


1 65 


Jerry McCarthy, " 


3 90 


B. C. Brown, " 


15 85 


F. W. Green, labor, 


60 


S. Jones, Jr., " 


. 11 51 


Samuel Guilford, blacksmith, 


8 50 


Chas. Wheeler, labor, 


50 


Thomas Scanlon, " 


3 30 




$2,596 71 


Printing. 




Paid E. F. Worcester, 


$93 50 


Augustine Hosmer, 


20 45 


Massachusetts Reformatory, 


12 00 


Lowell Courier-Citizen Co., 


6 00 


" Morning Mail, 


11 00 



$142 95 



town of acton. 33 

Soldiers' Relief. 

Paid City of Marlboro, for W. F. B. Whitney, $42 50 

C. W. Smith, M. D., " « " 78 00 

Isaiah Hutchins, M. D., for Rebecca C. Wright, 13 90 

" " " Henry Parlin, 22 60 

" " « A. B. Wheeler, 1 50 



Miscellaneous Expenses. 

Paid Henry K. Barnes, couplins, 
Western Union Telegraph Co., 
Geo. W. Thibbets, plate for scraper, 
Pnritan Pub. Co., 1 book, 
C. H. Persons, tuning piano, 
R. L. Reed, enforcing liquor law, March, 1898, 
F. C. Nash, " " " " 

Edward Dixon, stationery and postage, 

Andrew S. Thompson, " " 

Chas. Twitchell, repairing book boxes, 
Geo. Tyler & Co., irons for scraper, 
H. T. Clark, repairing scraper and tools, 
Waldo Bros., repairing scraper, 
R. L. Reed, court fees, 
Horace Partridge Co., flags, 
J. B. Tuttle, Assessors' posters, 

" " stationery and express, 

" " expenses to Lowell, 

" " making poll tax list, 
Isaac Davis, post, 
Edward*Dixon, 
M. F. Whitin & Co., 
Fred W. Gray, painting flag pole, 
W. B. Holt, repairing pipe at trough, 
D. J. Wetherbee, insurance on library, 
J. L. Hammett Co., flag, 
Chandler Chair & Desk Co., school desks, 
W. F. Stevens, copying valuation list, 

" " notifying officers, 

3 



$158 50 



$ 3 09 


2 35 


8 00 


1 25 


2 00 


21 92 


65 25 


11 66 


9 00 


1 25 


8 50 


8 50 


3 00 


3 55 


6 60 


1 00 


1 90 


64 


5 00 


50 00 


2 75 


3 05 


5 00 


4 46 


22 50 


80 


130 30 


12 00 


75 



34 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Paid T. Grooms, 
M. R. Warren, 
J. E. Richardson, 
W. F. Hale, wrench, 
W. F. Kingsley, moving engine house, 
Spofford Robbins, sign board, 
Geo. Tyler & Co., plate and bolts for scraper, 
1ST. M. Allen, cleaning clock, 
C. J. Williams, for teaming furniture, 
George Greenough, 4,210 lbs. coal for hall, 
M. A. Reed, moving furniture, 
Thorp & Martin, roll stencil, 
H. A. Gould, breaking out roads in Dec, 

L. C. Taylor, " " " 

Thomas McCarthy, " " " 

Geo. Greenough, " " " 



Fred S. Whitcomb, " 
Tuttles,Jones&Weth'bee, " 
Francis Pratt, 


it 

a 
a 


a 
tt 
a 


James R. Cole, 


a 


it 


tt 


Nahum Littlefield, 


a 


a 


a 


Albert Perkins, 


tt 


a 


tt 


W. C. Robbins, 


it 


a 


a 


N. Littlefield, 


« 


<( 


Fe 


T. McCarthy, 
W. S. Jones, 


a 
it 




a 
a 


Edward Anderson, 


it 


a 


a 


J. R. Cole, 


u 


a 


a 


Francis Pratt, 


tt 


a 


a 


H. A. Gould, 


a 


a 


a 


Lyman C. Taylor, 
A. H. Perkins, 


a 

tt 


a 
a 


a 
a 


W. A. Flint, 


a 


tt 


a 


J. Mekkelsen, 


a 


it 


a 


W. C. Robbins, 


a 


it 


tt 


F. S. Whitcomb, 


it 


it 


a 


Geo. Greenough, 
L. E. & M. A. Reed, 


a 

expense 


a 

at pond, 


a 



$3 To 
3 25 
1 00 
1 62 

15 60 
50 

30 00 

1 00 

75 

12 63 

1 80 
90 

5 70 

2 00 

19 07 

28 45 
10 00 

16 27 

20 29 

13 23 
40 77 

25 80 

26 55 
12 56 

21 50 
9 00 

17 96 
15 78 

29 30 

21 85 
12 00 
34 25 

22 60 

8 10 
38 95 
17 85 
32 60 

9 20 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



35 



Paid E. F. Conant. Liquor Committee, 
" " expenses, 

F. P. Flagg, reporting births, 

J. E. Marsh, " 

F. U. Rich, " 

F. J. Barker, " 

Isaiah Hutchins, " 

J. L. Pickard, « 

F. E. Tasker, " 

J. F. & R. E. Joslin, legal advice, 

A. C. Piper, tools for road work, 

C. F. Watts, care of engine house, 

F. W. Green, " " 

Isaiah Hutchins, attending district school meeting, 
" " express on trees, 

M. E. Taylor & Co., oil and chimneys, burners for 
hall, 

J. F. Fuller & Co., 

James Kinsley, use of road, 
• State Treasurer, 

Universalist Society, use of Vestry for election, 

J. L. Hammett Co., 

Thomas Scanlon, 

C. L. Bradford, 

S. A. Guilford, tools and sharpening, 

N. Littlefield, for road work, 

C. L. Bradford, repairing maps, 

Geo. Greenough, soldiers' reception, 

Geo. W. Worster, " " 

A. L. Noyes, " " 

E. Jones & Co., cord, 

A. J. Wilkinson & Co., door checks, 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, 1 book, 

" " " 20 yds. bunting, 

" " " bill file, 

" " " incidentals, 

N. J. Cole, carbonate of soda, 

M. A. Reed, teaming stove, 

W. A. Flint, 



$20 00 


12 63 


1 00 


1 00 


1 25 


2 75 


50 


50 


4 00 


9 00 


3 75 


3 50 


2 00 


4 00 


2 62 


11 07 


1 40 


8 00 


3 00 


3 00 


9 67 


2 00 


1 50 


13 22 


6 97 


85 


2 25 


1 50 


33 50 


46 


1 60 


2 00 


7 10 


62 


1 26 


5 72 


1 00 


5 15 



(( 


a 


it 


u 


u 


it 


a 


ii 


a 


a 


it 


a 


■ a 


ti 


a 


a 



36 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Paid John Fletcher, making cemetery deeds, 

J. P. Brown, repairing scraper, 

I. F. Duren, 32 burials, 

" " 27 death certificates, 

T. Scanlon, trimming trees on roads, 

W. F. Stevens, " " 

" " for soldiers' reception, 

H. F. Tuttle, copying records, 

Col. and recording 45 births, 

recording 16 marriages, 

" 34 deaths, 

transmitting certificates, 

express, 

postage, 

laying out street in West Acton, 

" " lots in Woodlawn, 

" " sts. " " 

li " surveying and making plan, 

" " attending Clerk's meeting at Ayer, 

" " cleaning vault in hall cellar, 

W. F. Stevens, postage and telephone, 

C. H. Mead & Co., 1 shovel, 

James Hill, care of hall, 

" " cloak, 

" " flag, 

" repairing flag, 

" care of engine, 

" watching fire, 

C. J. Williams, expenses, 

" " telephone, 

" " postage, 

" " express, 

A. L. Noyes, care of Monument grounds, 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, stationery and postage, 

" " making deed, 

" " check book, 

Arthur Tuttle, watching fire, 

Win. F. Stevens, abatement on taxes in 1896, 
a a u u u isg^ 

" « " « « 1898, 



$5 50 


1 00 


96 00 


6 75 


10 92 


9 60 


3 25 


1 50 


22 50 


3 20 


6 80 


1 50 


2 75 


71 


2 00 


75 


2 25 


3 00 


1 50 


1 50 


3 09 


30 


96 00 


15 00 


5 00 


3 00 


8 75 


1 25 


11 10 


3 95 


7 21 


30 


3 00 


4 32 


1 50 


1 50 


1 25 


4 00 


92 08 


80 61 


$1,697 03 



TOWN OF ACTON. 37 



Country Road Work. 
Paid Nahum Littlefield, 

A. L. Tuttle, land and gravel, 
Am. Powder Mills, powder, 

D. C. Harris, 

E. Jones & Co., posts and wire, 
Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, pipe, 
H. F. Tuttle, surveying, 

Receipts and Appropriations. 
Balance due from Treasurer, March 12, 1898, $643 81 
" " " Collector, March 12, 1898, 2,317 96 



$530 33 


50 00 


14 80 


3 00 


9 33 


6 72 


10 00 



Appropriations for High school, 


1,600 00 


For common schools, 


3,400 00 


Transportation East scholars, 


360 00 


" S. E. " 


270 00 


School supplies, 


475 00 


Scientific apparatus and books of ref., 


100 00 


Superintendent of Schools, 


465 00 


Town charges, 


5,000 00 


Memorial Library, 


600 00 


Street lamps, 


500 00 


Overlayings, 


619 96 


State tax, 


870 00 


County tax, 


1,442 59 


Roads and bridges, 


2,500 00 


Memorial Day, 


50 00 


Received from First Nat. Bank of Ayer, 


3,000 00 


State Treasurer, supervision of schools 


, 375 00 


" " In. Mass. school fund, 


294 44 


" " Corporation tax, 


617 81 


" " National bank tax, 


240 57 


" " Military aid, 


91 25 


" " State aid, 


620 00 


" " Tern, support of paupers, 25 78 


County Treasurer, dog tax, 


213 75 


J. R. Beharrell,for E. Acton school house, 161 00 


Win. Kingsley, cellar windows, 


75 



$624 18 



38 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Kec'd J. D. Brown, for tuition, High school, $20 00 

" " " So. Gram: school, 12 00 

Town of Stow, " « " 9 00 

« Boxboro, " High « 90 00 
John Fletcher, lots sold in Wooodlawn 

Cemetery, 70 00 
C. B. Stone, lots sold in Mount Hope 

Cemetery, 12 00 
Mrs. F. U. Holt, care of lot in Mount 

Hope Cemetery, 1 00 
George C. Wright, care of lot in Mount 

Hope Cemetery, 4 00 
Kelson J. Cole, care of lot in Mount 

Hope Cemetery, . 1 00 
Mrs. E. Smith, care of lot in Mount 

Hope Cemetery, 1 00 
Dana Hayward, care of lot in Mount 

Hope Cemetery, 1 00 
Ora L. Whitney, care of lot in Mount 

Hope Cemetery, 1 00 

C. B. Stone, care of lot in Mount Hope 
Cemetery, 3 00 

Interest on Wilde Library fund, 196 60 

Memorial Library, for fines, 23 00 

" " catalogues sold, 4 75 

City of Cambridge, aid for Nogle family, 70 18 

D. C. Harris, milk sold from farm, 961 39 
" " apples " " 287 06 
« " calves « " 11 00 
" " potatoes " " 4 80 

James Emerson, cart " 5 00 

M. E. Taylor & Co., potatoes " 7 98 

u it a e gg S ti 3 56 

Otis H. Forbush, 2 cows " 57 20 

Lyman Tuttle, wood " 4 59 

" « 1 cow " 15 00 

Band of Little Helpers, use of hall, 5 00 
Congregational Society, rent of Town hall, 44 00 

Rent of Town hall and cellar, 54 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 


6\f 


Rec'd K Littlefield, road dust, 


$3 35 


C. J. Williams, school supplies sold, 


5 20 


F. Stevens, for stove, 


2 00 


D. H. Farrar, " 


2 00 


A. L. Noyes, heater, 


3 00 


D. H. Farrar, plank, 


10 


Albert Wood, license to slaughter, 


1 00 


A. F. Blanchard, " " 


1 00 


Anson C. Piper, overpaid on highway 


work, 2 00 


Isaiah Hutchins, for damage to doors, 


1 25 


" " " " " books, 


30 


C. B. Robbins, stone steps, 


5 25 


" " windows, 


• 3 00 


W. F. Stevens, Int. on taxes of 1897, 


86 59 


u tt ti it 1898 


14 02 


Interest on money in bank, 


59 13 




$29,023 97 


Expenditures. 




For support of Centre school, 


$882 02 


" North " 


435 09 


" South " 


1,176 61 


" West « 


1,266 69 


" High " 


1,602 32 


Scientific apparatus, 


99 90 


School supplies, 


476 22 


Transportation of scholars, 


645 00 


Memorial Library, 


782 89 


State and military aid, 


802 50 


Street lamps, 


509 95 


Loans and interest, 


3,165 00 


Support of poor on farm, 


1,862 92 


" " outside poor, 


1,080 67 


Cemetery expenses, 


. 427 07 


Repairs on buildings and grounds, 


1,038 21 


Town officers, 


1,379 25 


Roads and bridges, 


2,596 71 


Printing, 


142 95 



40 ANNUAL REPORTS 

For Soldiers' relief, $158 50 

Miscellaneous, 1,697 03 

State tax, 870 00 

County tax, 1,442 59 

County road work, 624 18 

$25,164 27 

Balance due from Treasurer, 1,570 89 

Collector, 2,288 81 

$29,023 97 

Financial Standing of Town, March 12, 1899. 

Nettie A. Bowen, note, $1,000 00 

Int. from Dec. 6, 1898, to March 12, 1899, 13 33 

Frank H. Jones, note, 600 00 

Int. from April 27, 1898, to March 12, 1899, 26 25 
Frank H. Jones, note, 700 00 

Int. from June 15, 1898, to March 12, 1899, 25 96 



!,365 5.4 



Amount due from Treasurer, $1,570 89 

« " " " 2,288 81 

$3,859* 70 
Less notes payable, 2,365 54 

$1,494 16 
Interest due on taxes unpaid, 50 35 

Balance in favor of the town, $1,544 51 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



41 



LIST OF JURORS. 

The following is a list of persons to serve as jurors for the 
ensuing year, as revised by the Selectmen of Acton, to be sub- 
mitted to said town at their April meeting, 1899 : 



A. P. Bean, 
Elisha H. Cutler, 
Job W. Dupee, 
I. Warren Flagg, 
Walter M. French, 
David T. Kinsley, 

E. L. Hayward, 

D. C. Harris, 
Edgar H. Hall, 
Lowell A. Jones, 
Warren H. Jones, 
John C. Keyes, 
Hanson A. Littlefield, 

F. P. Morse, 
0. H. Mead, 
John D. Moulton, 
S. L. Richardson, 
Moses A. Reed, 

E. F. Richardson, 
William F. Stevens, 
Henry M. Smith, 

S. Hammond Taylor, 
Horace F. Tuttle, 
James B. Tuttle, 
Willis L. Mead, 

Acton, March 22, 1899. 



Mechanic. 

Farmer. 
u 

Merchant. 

Farmer. 

Railroad employee. 

Mechanic. 

Stone cutter. 

Manufacturer. 

Farmer. 



Merchant. 
Farmer. 
Merchant. 
Farmer. 



Railroad employee. 

E. Faulkner Conant, 
William F. Stevens, 
David C. Harris, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



I have examined the reports of the Selectmen for the past 

year and find them correct. 

Hiram J. Hapgood, 

Auditor. 



42 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Treasurer's Report. 



Receipts. 
1898. 

March 12, cash in treasury, $643 81 
Received from First National Bank of 

Ayer, borrowed money, 3,000 00 

State Treasurer, supervision of schools, 375 00 

" " In. Mass. school fund, 294 44 

« " Corporation tax, 617 81 

" " Nat. Bank tax, 240 57 

I* " Military aid, 91 25 

" « State aid, 620 00 

" " Tern, support of paupers, 25 78 

County Treasurer, dog tax, 213 75 

I. R. Beharrell, for East school house, 161 00 

Wm. Kingsley, for cellar windows, 75 

C. B. Bobbins, for outsids windows, 3 00 

" " for stone steps, 5 25 

J. D. Brown, tuition, High school, 20 00 

" « So. Gram, school, 12 00 

Town of Stow, " " " 9 00 

" Boxboro, « High « 90 00 

John Fletcher, lots sold in Woodlawn 

Cemetery, 70 00 
Charles B. Stone, lots sold in Mount 

Hope Cemetery, 12 00 
Mrs. F. U. Holt, care of lot in Mount 

Hope Cemetery, 1 00 
Geo. C. Wright, care of lot in Mount 

Hope Cemetery, 4 00 
Nelson J. Cole, care of lot in Mount 

Hope Cemetery, 1 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 




;'d Mrs. E. Smith, care of lot in Mount 




Hope Cemetery, 


$1 00 


Dana Hayward, care of lot in Mount 




Hope Cemetery, 


1 00 


Ora J. Whitney, care of lot in Mount 




Hope Cemetery, 


1 00 


Charles B. Stone, care of lot in Mount 




Hope Cemetery, 


3 00 


Interest on Wilde Library fund, 


196 60 


Memorial Library, for fines, 


23 00 


" " " catalogues sold, 


4 75 


City of Cambridge, aid furnished 




Nagle family, 


70 18 


D. C. Harris, milk sold from town 




farm, 


961 39 


D. C. Harris, apples sold from town 




farm, 


287 06 


D. C. Harris, calves sold from town 




farm, 


11 00 


D. C. Harris, potatoes sold from town 




farm, 


4 80 


James Emerson, cart sold from town 




farm, 


5 00 


M. E. Taylor & Co., potatoes sold 




from town farm, 


7 98 


M. E. Taylor & Co., eggs sold from 




town farm, 


3 56 


Otis H. Forbush, 2 cows sold from 




town farm, 


57 20 


Lyman Tuttle, 1 cow sold from town 




farm, 


15 00 


Lyman Tuttle, wood sold from town 




farm, 


4 59 


Band of Little Helpers, use of 1 own 




Hall, 


5 00 


Congregational Society, rent of Town 




Hall for 22 Sundays, 


44 00 


Rent of Town Hall and cellar, 


54 00 


Nahum Littlefield, road dust, 


3 35 



43 



14 ANNUAL REPORTS 






Elec'd C. J. Williams, school supplies sold 






pupils, 


$5 20 




Frank Stevens, for stove, 


2 00 




D. H. Farrar, for stove, 


2 00 




A. L. Noyes, for heater, 


3 00 




D. H. Farrar, for plank, 


10 




Albert Wood, license to slaughter, 


1 00 




Arthur F. Blanchard,license to slaugh- 






ter, 


1 00 




Anson C. Piper, cash overpaid on high- 






way work, 


2 00 




Isaiah Hutchins, repairs on school 






house doors, 


1 25 




Isaiah Hutchins, damage to school 






books, 


30 




William F. Stevens, Collector taxes 






for 1897, 


2,317 96 




William F. Stevens, interest on taxes 






for 1897, 


86 59 




William F. Stevens, Collector taxes 






for 1898, 


15,963 74 




William F. Stevens, interest on taxes 






for 1898, 


14 02 




Interest on money in bank, 


59 13 






$26,735 


16 


Expenditures. 






Paid State Tax, 


$870 00 




County Tax, 


1,442 59 




On orders of Selectmen, 


22,851 68 




Cash in Treasury March 12, 1899, 


1,570 89 





$26,735 16 
J. K. W. Wetherbee, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



town of acton. 

Report of Wilde Memorial Library Fund. 

Dr. 
1899. 
March 11, to cash deposited in North End 

Savings Bank, $1,000 00 

Middlesex Institution for Savings, 1,000 00 

Home Savings Bank, 1,000 00 

Warren Institutions for Savings, 1,000 00 

Charlestown Five-Cent Savings Bank, 1,000 00 



45 



Interest received on deposits, 
Tow n appropriation, 
Cash received for fines, 

" ti u catalogues sold, 


196 60 

200 00 

23 00 

4 75 


Or. 
By Cash in banks, 

Expended for books and magazines, 
Balance unexpended, 


$5,424 35 

$5,000 00 

406 53 

17 82 


* 


$5,424 35. 



J. K. W. Wetherbee, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



Examined and approved. 

Hiram J. Hapgood, 

Auditor. 



46 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Treasurer's Report of Money Held for Care of Lots in 

Cemeteries. 



Dr. 



March 12, to Mary Skinner fund, 




$203 00 


Nancy K. Handley, " 
Frederick Rouillard, " 




500 00 
100 00 


William W. Davis, « 




100 00 


Mary W. Chaffin, « 




100 00 


Mary Severance, " 




100 00 


Warren Robbins, " 




100 00 


Eliza A. Whiteomb, " 




75 00 


Hepsabeth Piper, " 
Jedediah Tuttle, " 




50 00 
50 00 


. Cash received from town for care of 




lots, 




30 75 


O. 


$1,408 


By cash paid — 

Julian Tuttle, care of Skinner 


lot, 


$5 50 


" " " Handley 
" " " Rouillard 




6 50 
3 00 


" " Chaffin 




3 00 


" " " Severance 




3 00 


" " " Piper 
a « " Tuttle 




1 00 
1 00 


" " " Robbins 




1 00 


" " " Davis 




5 00 


C. B. Stone, " Hayward 
Balance in treasury, 




1 75 
1,378 00 

$1,408 


J. K. 


W. Wetherbee, 




IlRAM 


Treasurer. 


Examined and approved. 


J. Hapgood, 






Auditor. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



47 



Report of Overseers of Poor. 



• 

Articles on Hand at Town Farm 


March 1, 1899. 


1 horse, 


$50 00 


13 cows, 


697 00 


2 yearlings, 


25 00 


1 hay wagon, 


30 00 


1 market wagon, 


75 00 


1 buggy, 


18 00 


1 pung, 


8 00 


2 sleds, 


9 00 


8 cords of wood, cut for stove for schools 




and hall, 


44 00 


16 cords of wood, cut for stove, 


80 00 


19 ton of hay, 


247 00 


1 wheel barrow, 


3 50 


farming tools, 


18 00 


170 barrels, 


34 00 


1 double harness, 


22 50 


1 single " 


2 50 


1 express " 


23 00 


2 collars, 


3 00 


grain, 


10 00 


feed trough, 


2 00 


plows, 


18 00 


hay cutter, 


2 00 


ladders, 


11 00 


1 cultivator, 


3 00 


2 harrows, 


8 00 


1 horse cart, 


27 50 


1 horse rake, 


18 00 


1 mowing machine, 


27 50 


1 grindstone, 


2 00 


spray pump, 


8 00 



48 ANNUAL REPORTS 

25 boxes, 
coal, 

3 wood saws, 

1 canvas cover, 

1 wrench, 
45 gallons of soft soap, 
25 hens, 

1 barrel of apples, 

2 bns. carrots, 
30 bus. potatoes, 
150 lbs. pork, 

oil and tank, 

lumber, 

pails and tubs, 

4 baskets, 
1 stove, 

1 chair, 
1 range, 
1 lounge, 
1 stove, 
1 chair, 

5 beds and bedding, 
1 stove, 

\ 2 cabinet chairs, 

1 table, 
9 chairs, 

stone drag, 

2 traps, 

1 blanket, 
set of measures, 
salt, 
22 gallons paint oil, 
1 washing machine, 
tea, 
coffee, 

bbl. of crackers, 
17 cans of fruit, 
brooms, 
5 dox. jars, 



5 2 50 


1 00 


2 00 


1 75 


75 


8 65 


12 50 


3 00 


1 00 


18 00 


15 00 


1 50 


8 00 


2 00 


1 00 


5 00 


1 50 


22 00 


3 50 


10 00 


1 25 


18 00 


3 00 


2 50 


1 00 


3 60 


3 00 


50 


J 50 


1 40 


25 


8 00 


8 00 


60 


35 


2 65 


4 25 


50 


3 00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 49 



flour, 
. spices, 
butter, 
lard, ] 
molasses, 
beans, 
meal, 
axe, 

Receipts from farm, 
Victualing and lodging tramps, 



Expenditures, 

Interest on farm $3,500 at 5 per cent., 

Stock on hand March 1, 1898, 

Less receipts and stock on hand, 



$ 80 




75 




25 




50 




75 




40 




2 25 




15 




1 00 






$1,717 35 


* 


1,357 58 




87 00 




$3,161 93 


$1,862 92 




175 00 




1,278 40 






$3,316 32 




3,161 93 



$154 39 



Cost of Supporting Poor Inmates at Farm During Year. 

Sarah Hunt, whole year. 

Lucy Hapgood, whole year. 

Mrs. Henry Brooks, from March 12 to Dec. 17, '98. 

Eben Jones, from Sept. 15 to March 12, '99. 

Frank E. Harris, from June 9 to Oct. 19, '98. 

Thomas Morey, from Jan. 16 to March 12, '99. 



I have examined the accounts of the Overseers of Poor and 
find them correct. H. J. Hapgood, Auditor. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TRUSTEES 



OF THE 



fietoT) /T\<?morial Ijbrary. 



1898=99. 



Luther Con ant, Pres. William D. Tuttle, Secy. 
Moses Taylor, Adelbert Mead, Daniel J. Wetherbee. 

Delette H. Hall. 
Hiram J. Hapgood, Chas. J. Williams, L. A. Hesselton. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 53 



Library Report. 



The Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library take pleasure in 
presenting their ninth annual report. This report is a favorable 
one. A large increase is shown in the number of books taken, 
and we think that every year a higher class of literature is 
called for, — that is, books of travel, history and biography, which 
contain more general information than works of fiction, that 
in many libraries comprise a large per cent, of the books 
demanded. The desire for reading with the pupils of the schools 
and those somewhat older constantly grows, and indeed is one of 
the most promising features of the institution. 

With a single exception we have little of importance to pre- 
sent, and for that reason our report will be a brief one. 

Some months since the trustees received a very interesting 
letter from the donor of the library, Hon. William A. Wilde, 
which so fully explains itself that we give it entire. 

Boston, September 26, 1898. 
Mr. Luther Conant, Acton, Mass.: — 

Dear Sir — I have had for some little time an idea on my 
mind which I desire to present to you and learn what you think 
of it. 

The success of your library in Acton is going to depend in the 
future almost entirely upon the way the people of Acton feel 
toward it. To do the largest amount of good and be of the 
greatest value to the people they want a personal interest in the 
library, and it is human nature for us to think most about that 
which costs us something. Therefore, I want to suggest a little 
card or slip be printed and pasted into the catalogues of the 
library, explaining the necessity of increasing the value of the 
library by books and pictures and other ways, and I would have 
the card read something like this : 



54 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Form of Bequest to the Acton Memorial Library and Art Room. 

I give to the Board of Directors of the Acton Memorial Li- 
brary and reading Room of the Town of Acton, and their suc- 
cessors in office forever, as special trustees 

dollars, in trust, to be invested, and the income thereof to be 
applied to the use and benefit of the Library and Reading Room. 

I believe there are those in Acton who would be glad to make 
some such bequest for these purposes. Some might leave $100, 
some $500, and some $1,000, but everyone that did make a 
bequest would interest others in the library — make it more pop- 
ular — think more of the library — read the library more — study 
it better. 

Kindly let me know what you think of the plan. 

Yours truly, 

W. A. Wilde. 

We trust that those to whom Mr. Wilde's letter applies will 
give the subject careful consideration and act as they think best. 
As an encouragement, we may state that knowledge of the fact 
has come to a member of the Board of Trustees that papers 
have already been drawn that ultimately may benefit the library 
in a good degree. 
<* We would remind the patrons that we should be very glad to 

receive from every one who feels able and desirous to do so, one 
new fresh book of interest every year. Please do not wait until 
the end of the year, but attend to this request at your earliest 
convenience. 

We ask the town to vote the same appropriation, $200, for new 
books, and $400 for current expenses, as in years past. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Luther Conant, 

For the Trustees. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 55 

. LIBRARIAN'S REPORT. 

Total number of volumes in library, 6,627 

Added by purchase the past year, 350 

Added by gift, 28 

Total added, 378 

Total number of persons who have taken out cards, 1,415 

Number of books taken out during the year, 8,715 

Largest daily use, Feb. 25, 1899, 188 volumes 

Smallest daily use, Feb. 16, 1899, 21 volumes 

Visitors registered during the year, 258 

Fines, $23.0 

Gifts to the Library. 
Hon. J. F. Fitzgerald has presented a map of the United 
States, and Mrs. Mary A. Hammond an ancient singing book. 

Donation of Books. 

Cambridge W. C. T. U., 1 ; Warren Hapgood, Boston, 1 ; 
United States government, 9 ; State, 8 ; Mrs. Luther Conant, 1 ; 
E. A. Goodnow, Worcester, 1 ; Viola S. Tuttle, 6 ; Luther 
Conant, 1. 

Periodicals Donated for the Reading Room. 
"Child's Hour," and " Our Sunday Afternoon," Hon. W. A. 
Wilde ; " Our Paper," Massachusetts Reformatory ; " OurT)umb 
Animals," Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and 
" Woman's Home Companion," Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick. 

Magazines same as last year, with the addition of the " Chau- 
tauquan." 

Viola S. Tuttle, Librarian. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON, MASS., 



FOR 



SCHOOL YEAR 1898-99. 



hudson, mass. : 
The Enterprise Printing Company. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 59 



Report of the School Committee, 



To the Citizens of Acton : 

We respectfully submit to you our annual report, in which is 
included the report to the committee of the Superintendent of 
Schools. 

The more important events of the year have been the dissolu- 
tion of the union supervision district of West Brookfield, 
Sturbridge and Acton, the formation of a new district compris- 
ing the towns of Westford, Littleton and Acton, and the result- 
ing change in the incumbency of the office of Superintendent of 
Schools. Mr. Dixon remained in charge of the schools of the 
Worcester County towns, while Mr. Andrew S. Thomson of 
Brown University was selected to superintend the schools of the 
new district. 

The salary of the superintendent was fixed by the district 
committee at $1,500 per annum, with an allowance of $30 
for postage and stationery, of which sums the town of Ac- 
ton is responsible for the payment of 3-10 of the former and £ of 
the latter. 

Mr. Thomson has proved himself an efficient and hard-working 
officer, entitled to your confidence and that of your committee. 

Mr. Dixon's term of service having expired on May 22, and 
that of Mr. Thomson not beginning until September, Mr. Dixon 
was engaged to take charge of the schools during the latter part 
of the spring term at a pro rata salary. 

During the year a heating plant of late pattern has been in- 
stalled in the Centre school building, which has contributed 
largely to the comfort and well being of the occupants of the house. 

The severity of the weather during the winter and the ab- 
sence of teachers because of illness have caused several inter- 
ruptions of the sessions of the schools for longer or shorter 
terms. While such interruptions of the regular sessions of the 
schools are much to be regretted those in question have been un- 
avoidable. 



60 ANNUAL REPORTS 

We again urge upon the town that it provide adequate accom- 
modations for the common schools at South Acton and for the 
High school, and again recommend that provision be made for 
the consolidation of the North school with those at the centre of 
the town. 

The High school classes of ? 96 and '97, upon their graduation 
from the school, presented to it, the former, a set of eight fine 
photographs, and the latter a collection of six of the busts of 
famous men. We wish here to acknowledge these gifts, and, on 
behalf of the town, to thank the donors. 

Whenever the weather conditions require it a " no school " 
signal will be struck upon the bells of the Congregational Church 
at the Centre village, the Baptist Church at West Acton and 
the store at South Acton. The signal is ten strokes of the bell, 
and it will be sounded at 8 o'clock a. m. 

The appropriation of $100 for the purchase of apparatus and 
books of reference for the High school has been expended as 
follows : Apparatus, $59,88 ; books, $40.02. The report of the 
purchasing agent of the committee is submitted herewith. 

There has been received from the Commonwealth the sum of 
$375 on account of superintendency for the year 1897-98. 

Sections 12 and 31 of Chap. 496 or the Acts of 1898 are here 
printed for the information of the public : 

Sect. 12. Every child between seven and fourteen years of 
age shall attend some public day school in the town or city in 
which he resides during the entire time the public day schools 
.are in session, subject to such exceptions as to children, places of 
attendance and schools as are provided for in sections three, 
seven, ten and eleven of this act: provided, that the superin- 
tendent of schools, or, where there is no superintendent of 
schools, the school committee, or teachers acting under authority 
of said superintendent of schools or school committee, may ex- 
cuse cases of necesary absence ; and provided, further, that the 
attendance of a child upon a public day school shall not be re- 
quired if such child has attended for a like period of time a 
private day school approved by the school committee of such 
town or city in accordance with section two of chapter four hun- 
dred and ninety-eight of the acts of the year eighteen hundred 
and ninety-four, or if such child has been otherwise instructed 



TOWN OF ACTON. 61 

for a like period of time in the branches of learning required by 
law to be taught in the public schools, or has already acquired 
the branches of learning required by law to be taught in the 
public schools, or if his physical or mental condition is such as 
to render such attendance inexpedient or impracticable. Every 
person having under his control a child as described in this sec- 
tion shall cause such child to attend school as required by this 
section. 

Sect. 31. Any person having under his control a child be- 
tween seven and fourteen years of age who fails for five day 
sessions or ten half-day sessions within any period of six months 
while under such control, to cause such child to attend school as 
required by section twelve of this act, the physical or mental 
condition of such child not being such as to render his attend- 
ance at school harmful or impracticable, upon complaint by a 
truant officer and conviction thereof, shall forfeit and pay a fine 
of not more than twenty dollars. Any person who induces or 
attempts to induce any child to absent himself unlawfully from 
school, or employs or harbors while school is in session any child 
absent unlawfully from school, shall forfeit and pay a fine of not 
more than fifty dollars. 



RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES ON ACCOUNT OF 

SCHOOLS FOR THE YEARS 1898-99. 

Receipts. 

Appropriation for common schools, $3,400 00 

" High school, 1,600 00 

" " school supplies, 475 00 

" " transportation S. E. pupils, 270 00 

" " " E. " 360 00 

" " apparatus and books fcr High school, 100 00 

" " salary of Superintendent, 465 00 

Received from Massachusetts school fund, 294 44 

* " dog licenses, 213 75 

" for tuition in High school, 110 00 

" " " common schools, 21 00 

$7,309 19 



62 school report 

Expenditures. 
For common schools, 
High, school, 
school snpplies, 
transportation S. "E. pupils, 

" E. " 

apparatus and books for High school, 
salary of Superintendent of schools, 

" $7,018 65 

Unexpended balance, 290 54 

Note. — It should be borne in mind that of this sum of 
$7,018.65 expended on account of schools, $883.19 have been 
contributed by the Commonwealth, 



$3,760 41 


1,602 32 


471 02 


270 00 


360 00 


99 90 


455 00 



ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT 


OF 


SCHOOLS FOR 


THE YEARS 


1899-1900. 




For common schools, 






$3,400 00 


High school, 






1,600 00 


school supplies, 






475 00 


transportation E. pupils, 






■ r 270 00 


" S. E. " 






t 360^00 
100 00 


apparatus and books for High 


school, 




salary Superintendent of Schools, 




450 00 



^6,655 00 
For the School Committee. 

Charles J. Williams, Chairman. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 63 



Superintendent's Report, 



To the School Committee : 

Gentlemen — It is my duty and pleasure to submit this, my 
first, report to you, and through you to the citizens of the town 
of Acton. It is my endeavor to describe the schools as they are, 
and to suggest improvements which may meet with your favor. 

Your attention is invited to the following statistics : 

Number of children in town between 5 and 15 years of age, 264 

" " " " 8 and 14 " 123 

Whole number of pupils enrolled in all the schools, 339 

Number of pupils enrolled between 8 and 14 years of age, 188 

" " " over 15 years of age, 41 

Average membership of all the schools, 276 2 

" attendance " " 258.5 

Per cent, of " " " 93.5 

Number of public schools, 9 

" teachers required, 11 

" different teachers during the year, 12 

Average wages per month of female teachers, $39 80 

Aggregate of months schools have kept, 81 

When I entered upon my duties in September, I found a large 
territory and a variety of conditions with which to become ac- 
quainted. I was glad to find that so many of your former teach- 
ers had remained with you, as I believe that every successive 
year of a teacher's services enhances that teacher's effectiveness. 

Studies. 

It has been my policy to modify the course of study already 
well established, rather than to introduce radical alterations, be- 
lieving that sudden changes are disastrous to the best results 
from pupils and teachers. 

There has been suggested a slight change in the course of study 
in geography. We propose to make a more extended study of 
local or town geography. When geography is properly taught 



64 ANNUAL REPORTS 

the child is first led to observe his immediate surroundings. 
The points of compass, relative situations and distances, the real 
significance of a map, may all be taught, and best taught, with 
reference to the town and village in which the school is located. 
The schoolroom should be well supplied with globes and maps, 
and other illustrative material, in order that when the pupil 
passes from the consideration of his immediate surroundings to 
that of places at a distance, his understanding may be assisted 
by these symbolic representations. Soon after the local* geogra- 
phy is finished, the study of the earth as a whole is taken up. 
Here, in the first year of the study of geography proper, and the 
fourth year of the child's school life, we propose to give him a 
clear conception of this great round earth, its motions, its warm 
and cold belts, its forms of land and water. From this point the 
study of the grand divisions and continents will be taken up in 
the usual manner. 

Beading. 

The reading in some of the schools seems to indicate a lack of 
adequate practice. There is a limited time in school hours for 
the proper amount of drill. I would urge upon the parents the 
importance of having their children read at home. The import- 
ance of reading is in the power of judgment acquired ; first, by 
a Avide-reaching power of the intellect to comprehend subjects, 
gained by looking up different points of view on the same sub- 
ject; and second, by accuracy in discriminating the exact mean- 
ing of each and weighing the reasons put forth. If a child is 
not able to get thought from the printed page, readily and easily, 
as soon as the subjects of geography and history begin, the 
teacher is obliged to give out lessons by the page from the pre- 
scribed text book, because it takes too much time and energy on 
the part of the pupils to read several authors upon the subject in 
hand. The antiquated method of assigning tasks and hearing 
recitations is the inevitable result. I have known a pupil to say 
to his teacher : "If you read the problem I can do it ; but I 
cannot understand what it means when I read it myself." This 
is a state of affairs which should not be. If a child does not un- 
derstand the subject in hand — if the subject does not become a 



TOWN OF ACTON. 65 

part of him — but he simply depends upon the word of the- text 
book for the recitation, the ideas are gone as soon as the words 
are forgotten. We want not a dry committing to memory, but 
an investigating spirit and individual conclusions. 

Drawing. 

The teachers have been endeavoring to follow the state course- 
in drawing, with varying degrees of success. This is a depart- 
ment in which our schools can be much improved. The develop- 
ment into a useful and productive citizen of that child who does 
not easily grasp literary studies, as languages or history, may be 
accomplished through his talent for manual arts, as drawing and 
the pursuits of which it is the foundation. If a student is com- 
pelled to devote himself exclusively to studies which are of in- 
direct value and not in his line of aptitude, he will become dis- 
couraged in the effort to improve himself and may lose all 
interest in mental progress. 

Drawing " aims to develop in the pupil vigorous powers of 
thought-expression ; " likewise "to train the judgment, to call out 
the executive powers, and to give self-confidence in dealing with 
actual material. It serves also to illustrate much of the instruc- 
tion in mathematics and in natural science." 

As reading the best in literature, so looking at the best in art r 
cultivates a taste for the good and noble. For this reason I 
would have copies of standard works of art placed before the 
children ; the walls of our schoolrooms decorated with copies of 
the best and most celebrated paintings, engravings of great 
Americans, and casts of fine sculpturing. 

Promotions. 

It seems to me that promotions of pupils from grade to grade- 
has been much too rapid. It is an unwise thing to advance a~ 
child beyond what he is able to comprehend. The idea of pro- 
moting pupils into the high school before they are capable of 
understanding the work taught there is a wrong to the pnpils- 
and a hindrance to the work of the High School. You cannot 



66 SCHOOL REPORT 

expect a high school to do satisfactory work if the pupils are not 
properly prepared. 

It is my opinion that no one is so capable as the teacher of 
judging whether a pupil should be promoted or not. She knows 
to what extent the children have mastered from day to day the 
work covered, and, having studied the individual minds of her 
pupils, is most competent to determine whether a child will be 
benefitted by repeating the work or by doing that of a more ad- 
vanced grade. The superintendent should be consulted and should 
give the teachers all possible assistance that they may solve wisely 
their difficult problem. In order to become familiar with the 
ability and of each individual pupil, I have established the cus- 
tom of giving frequent oral and written tests. The written tests 
are made up by selecting questions from the lists handed me by 
the various teachers. Their object is not to furnish marks for 
the report cards, but to keep the teachers in touch with the work 
of each other and the purpose of the superintendent. This plan 
gains a more uniform standard throughout the several schools, 
and avoids the undesirable " cramming " for examinations, as 
the teachers know about what questions to expect. 

The Schools. 

Notwithstanding the several changes of teachers in the West 
Acton schools, this has been a prosperous year. Mrs. Whitcomb 
was in charge of the primary department during the fall term, 
and the school made excellent progress. At the beginning of the 
winter term Mrs. Gardner, much refreshed by her trip in the 
West, resumed her work in this department. 

At the close of the fall term Miss Jacobs resigned her position 
in the Intermediate Department to take a position at Ayer, and 
Miss Florence Moran, a graduate of Salem Normal School, was 
secured to fill the vacancy. That we were very fortunate in ob- 
taining so good a teacher as Miss Moran is shown by the fact 
that the school has made steady progress under her instruction. 

The Grammar department, under the direction of Miss Burke, 
has been kept under firm discipline. Shortly after the opening 
of the new year Miss Burke was called away. Her request for a 
leave of absence for two weeks was granted, and Mrs. Hosmer, 
the regular substitute of the town, was placed in charge of the 



TOWN OF ACTON. 67 

school. At the end of the two weeks, Miss Burke was unable to 
return and offered to resign her position, but as it is the opinion 
of both committee and superintendent that it is best to retain a 
good teacher, it was thought best to continue the substitute. 
Mrs. Hosuier became ill and another substitute had to be 
secured. 

I am of the opinion that the North Acton pupils could be 
transported to the Centre with profit to both Schools. Miss 
Miller, in charge of an Intermediate school at the Centre, would 
give the North and Centre the same advantages as those enjoyed 
by West Acton. 

The unsatisfactory condition of the South Acton schools was 
early reported to the School Committee, but they were unable to 
give the needed relief. The method of hearing classes in the 
cloak room does not secure satisfactory results. It is almost im- 
possible for a teacher to hold the attention of the children in so 
inconvenient a room, and the confusion caused by classes passing 
in and out prevents good work being done in the main room. 

The classes in the Grammar School have fallen much below 
grade. This is the inevitable result of a teacher attempting to 
do all the teaching of four grades, in all the subjects required by 
a modern school curriculum. Had we an available room, much 
better results would be obtained by the establishment of an In- 
termediate School as at West Acton. 

The High School is also in a congested condition. It is not 
sufficiently equipped with laboratory room to meet the demands 
of the State Board of Education. I would urge the importance 
of the natural sciences, as chemistry, physics and botany. 
These studies teach the child first to know, then to rightly ap- 
preciate, and consequently to love our beautiful world. The 
student comes to see the harmony of the laws which govern the 
universe, and learns to admire more deeply the hand which gives 
beauty to the flowers, and directs the planets in their course. 
Herein lies the culture value of these subjects. Their utilitarian 
value can not be over-estimated.. In this age of scientific devel- 
opment and mechanical industry, when young men are so largely 
finding employment in electric and civil engineering, designing, 
architecture, and the scientific professions, we should certainly 
give the young men of this town a better opportunity to exercise 



68 SCHOOL REPORT 

their talents in these fields of industry. Drawing, the basis of 
most of the arts and sciences, should certainly be offered to the- 
pupils who may have an aptitude in this direction. 

In all probability there will be a net increase of ten pupils to- 
the High School next year. For two teachers to have the entire 
instruction of sixty-five High School pupils is a task which can- 
not be satisfactorily accomplished. In view of these facts I ■ 
Avould earnestly ask you to take into your consideration the ad- 
visability of adding a second assistant, iu the High School, who 
could supervise drawing throughout the town. 

Music. 

The schools at the West and Centre have made good progress 
in music. The Grammar School at the Centre does especially 
well. The musical instruction in the South Grammar and 
Primary has been somewhat backward until recently, when Mrs. 
Leslie very kindly offered to give special instruction. 
The work is rapidly taking form and improvement is expected. 
The High School is fortunate in having so skilled a musician as 
Mr. Charles to direct its music. 

I wish to extend an invitation to the people of the town to' 
visit the schools more frequently. We are glad to have the 
work of the schools inspected. It is encouraging to the teachers 
and superintendent to have the citizens manifest an interest m 
the schools, and the children quickly appreciate and respoud to 
any attention of the parents in their school work. There must 
be a sympathy between the parents and teachers, and the best 
way to secure this is for you who are parents to visit the schools 
where you can see the teacher and pupils together in their daily 
relation. Do not wait until some misunderstanding arises, but 
early become acquainted with the teacher. The busy teacher 
can not take time to call upon the parents of all her pupils, 
while it takes but a little time of each parent to call upon the- 
school. 

The number of times each school has been visited during the- 
year by the inhabitants of the town : 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



69 



High School, 6 

South Grammar, 6 

South Primary. 42 

West Grammar, 15 

West Intermediate, 20 

West Primary, 24 

Centre Grammar, 16 

Centre Primary, 23 

North School, 25 

In closing this report I wish to thank the Committee for their 
kindly counsel and firm support, the teachers for their friendly 
spirit and devotion to duty, and the people for the cordial man- 
ner in which I have been received. 

Eespectfully submitted, 

Andrew S. Thompson, 

Superintendent of Schools. 



A Table of Annual Statistics, 











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£ 


S3 


£ 


High School 


36 


36 


58 


52.7 


49.5t 




22 


22 


36 


($111.11 
\ 50.00 


South Grammar 


36 


36 


36 


31.4 


29.5t 


«94. 


34 


34 


2 


40.00 


South Primary . . , 


1-4 


36 


65 


45.1 


41 .8t 


92.9 


65 


17 





( 40.00 
\ 28.00 


West Grammar 


1-8 


36 


19 


16.3 


15.4 


93.8 


16 


15 


3 


40.00 


West Intermediate . 


4-6 


36 


29 


26.9 


25.2 


93.1 


29 


29 





40.00 


West Primary . 


1-3 


36 


46 


31.1 


29.2 


94. 


46 


14 





40.00 


Centre Grammar 


5-8 


36 


19 


24.4 


22.6 


93.2 


19 


19 





40.00 


Centre Primary 


1-4 


36 


40 


26.5 


26.1 


98.5 


40 


19 





40.00 


North Acton . 


1-6 


36 


27 


21.8 


19.2 


88. 


27 


19 





40.00 


Totals. 




324 


339 


276.2 


259.5 


93.5 


298 


188 


41 


$509.11 



70 SCHOOL REPORT 



Department of School Supplies. 



#2 75 




3 50 




2 00— 


■ $8J25 


2 25 




4 25 




1 50— 


• 8 00 


p,l 25— 


1 25 


I 2 00 





To the School Committee of Acton : — 

The annual report in detail of the expense account of this de- 
partment is respectfully submitted. 

J. L. Hammett Co. 

March 23. 5 rms. J. L. H. paper, 

5 rms. No. 27 paper, 
50 Cornhill pads, 

April 1. 5 gr. Eagle pens, No. 2, 

1 doz. Earle's ink, 
300 blotters, 

16. 100 sheets bot.mount. paper 
25. 1 copy "Birds," Nos. 1 & 2, 

4 doz. No. 30 rulers, 58 

200 spelling blanks,No. 130,2 00 

10gr.Gillett'spens,No.l046, 4 00 

12 gr. Eagle pens, No. 2, 4 80 

15 rms. No. 27 paper, 10 50 

102 lbs. arithmetic paper, 3 06 

150 Cornhill pads, 5 63 

200 blank books No. 140, 8 00 

3 doz. Treasury mucilage, 2 10 

3 doz. Gem B.B. erasers, 1 50 
12 pkgs. corundum discs, 1 80 

2 lbs. Boston erasers,No.l20, 1 50 
21 rms. J. L. H. paper, 10 50 
10 rms. H. I. paper, 5 00 
20 blocks devel. maps of 

continents, 6 00 

4 blks.devel.maps Australia, 1 20 

6 blocks devel. maps U.S., 1 80 
6 blocks devel. mads N.E., 1 80 



TOWN OF ACTON. 71 



30 "Round the World/ 7 9 00 
1 set 7 Excelsior spring 

roll maps, 
12 lbs. note pads, special, 
May 11. 5 gr. H. B. pencils, 

9 rms. J. L. H. paper, 
13. 1\ gr.colrd. pencils,assorted, 5 00 



doz. sheets gummed paper 



17 50 




72- 


-100 99 


3 75 




4 50- 


- 8 25 


,5 00 




p, 80- 


- 5 80 


90- 


90 



23. 3 "Round the World," 
Sept. 7. 2 gr. No. 611 pen holders, 1 44 

3 doz. White's drawing 

books, No. 1, 2 70 

3 doz, White's drawing 

books, No. 2, 2 70 

250 Baldwin's report books, 4 25 

1 doz. qts. Treasury ink, 3 50 — 14 59 
17. 12 Zool. note books, 90— 90 

24. 6 boxes M. B. colors, 1 20 
1 doz. No. 6 brushes, 38 
postage, 16— 1 74 

October 3. 6 boxes M. B. colors, 1 20 

1 doz. No. 6 brushes, 38 

postage, 16 

Credit, 1 doz. No. 6 brushes, 38— 1 35 

Nov. 5. i gr. No. 30 rulers, 88 

1 M blotters, 4 50 

2 doz. large blotters, 96— 6 34 
7. 4 doz. rubber tip. pointers, 6 00 

2 lbs. No. 20 rubber erasers, 1 30— 7 30 
Jan. 7. 1 doz. qts. Carter's ink, 4 50 

\ doz. boxes "Little Artist,"jl 20— 5 70 

American Book Co. 

April 1. 5 Barnes' large geography, $6 25 

Less i, 1 25— 5 00 

April 22. 40 Stories for Children, 10 00 
36 Stories of the Romans, 21 60 
32 Old Greek Stories, 14 40 



72 



27. 

May 6. 

. 23. 



SCHOOL REPORT 


28 Stories of the Greeks, 


16 80 


5 Natural elem. geog., 


3 00 


5 Long's Home geog., 


1 25 




67 05 


Less \, 


13 41- 


27 Carpenter's Asia, 


16 20 


Less £, 


3 24- 


5 Natural adv. geog., 


6 25 


Less £, 


1 25- 


2 Stories of the Romans, 


1 20 


9 Stories of the Greeks, 


5 40 


8 Carpenter's Asia, 


4 80 


1 Old Greek Stories, 


45 




11 85 


Less 1, 


2 37- 



53 64 

12 96 

5 00 



9 48 



Sept. 14. 2 Barnes' Hist, of Greece, 1 50 
Less £, 30 









1 20 








Postage, 


12— 


1 3 




3. 


55 Natural adv. geog., 
Less l, 


68 75 
13 75 






55 00 








Credit old geog. (70), 


17 50— 


37 5 




8. 


15 Natural adv. geog., 


18 75 








Less i, 


3 75— 


15 


Dec. 


8. 


2 Barnes' "Rome, 
Less i, 


2 00 
40 

1 60 








Postage, 


18- 


1 7 


Jan. 


6. 


6 Natural adv. geog., 
Less i, 


7 50 
1 50 





6 00 
Credit, old geog., 1 25— 4 75 







TOWN OF ACTON. 








Silver, Burdett & Co. 




April 


15. 


4 Systematic ex. blanks, $0 84 — 


$0 84 




23. 


1 No. 1 mus. chart & suprt., 10 00 








Less £, 1 66 — 


8 34 






8 Pendulum meteos., 2 00 








.8 " " supporters, 2 00— 


4 00 


Jan. 


24. 


1 Chromatic pitch pipe, 1 25 — 

GlNN & CO. 


1 25 


April 


15. 


1 Ovid, $1 50 








Less £, 25 — 


1 25 


Sept. 


10. 


9 Cicero,Allen & Groen'k., 12 60 
8 Caesar, " 10 00 
20 Allen & Greenough 

Latin grammars, 24 00 
12 Moulton's Latin com- 
position, 9 60 
8 1st Book in Greek, 10 00 






66 20 








Less £, 11 03 






55 17 








Credit by old books, 2 28— 


52 89 




Is. 


1 Lockwood's Lessons, 1 12 
Less £, 19 






93 








Postage, 11 — 


1 04 




24. 


25 Academy song books, 19 58 — 


19 58 


Oct. 


6. 


Seven Little Sisters, 1 67 








Postage, 10 — 


1 86 


Dec. 


8. 


2 Lockwood's Lessons, 1 87 








Postage, 21 — 


2 08 






D. C. Heath & Co. 




March 28. 


8 doz. Nat. sys. writing bk. No. 6, 


$6 00 






4 doz. Nat. sys. writing bk. No. 5, 


3 00 






4 doz. Nat. sys. writing bk. No. 4, 


3 00 






4 doz. Nat. sys. writing bk. No. 3, 


3 00 






4 doz. Nat. sys. writing bk. No. 2, 


3 00 






5 doz. Nat. sys. writing bk. No. 1, 


3 75 



73 



74 




SCHOOL KEPORT 


2L 75 








Less J, 


3 62 






18 13 








Credit by 3} 1 doz. books, 


2 45— 


15 69 


Sept. 


17. 


2 doz. copy books No. 1, 
1 doz. copy books No. 2, 
1 doz. copy books No. 3, 
1 doz. copy books No. 4, 
4 doz. copy books No. 5, 


1 50 

75 

75 

75 

3 00 






6 75 








Less £, 


1 12- 


5 63 


Nov. 


25. 


3 Walsh higher arith., 


1 95 








Less J, 


32— 


1 63 


Jan. 


21. 


"Tom du Monde," 


4 55 








Less £, 


75— 


3 80 



De Wolf, Etske & Co. 
Sept. 9. 7 French dictionary, $3 50— $3 50 

Edward E. Babb & Co. 

October 7. 5 Wilson's nature study, 

mammals, $3 75 — $3 75 

Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 

Dec. 10. 20 Riverside Literature 

series, "Evangeline," $2 55 

postage, 5— $2 60 

17. 10 Riverside Literature, 

Evangeline, 1 28 

Postage, 3 — 1 31 



TOWN OF ACTON. 75 

Nov. 17. Paid W.A.Charles,express 

charges, $1 60 

Paid C. L. Bradford, ex- 
press charges, 15 

Paid N. C. Reed, express 

charges, 3 67 

Paid A. L. Noyes, express 

charges, 1598-99, 21 95— $27 37- $476 22 

Credit by supplies sold pupils, 5 20 

$471 02 
Supplies in supply room are valued at $90 00 

Charles J. Williams, 

Purchasing Agent. 



TOWN OF ACTON. IT 



Town Warrant 

For Annual Meeting, April 3, 1899. 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Middlesex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in the 
County of Middlesex, Greeting : 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town 
of Acton, qualified to vote in elections and town affairs, to 
assemble in the Town Hall, in said Town, on Monday, the third 
day of April, a. d., 1899, at 9 o'clock a. m., then and there to act 
upon the following articles, as they may think proper, viz. : 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting. 

Art. 2. To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions 
of Section 332, Chapter 548 of the Acts of 1898, providing for the 
election of a Highway Surveyor. 

Art. 3. To see if the Town will vote to choose three Koad 
Commissioners, or accept any provisions of law relative thereto. 

Art. 4. To see if the Town will rescind the vote passed at 
their meeting Feb. 2, 1899, in reference to two annual town 
meetings, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 5. To see if the Town will accept the reports of the 
Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee, and other 
Town Officers. 

Art. 6. To choose all necessary Town Officers and Commit- 
tees and fix salary. 

Art. 7. To hear and act upon the report of any committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. 

Art. 8. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the due observance of Memorial Day. 



78 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Art. 9. To see if the Town will vote to put an addition on 
the South school building, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 10. To see if the Town will accept the jury list as re- 
vised by the Selectmen. 

Art. 11. To see if the Town will authorize its Treasurer, with 
the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money for the Town, 
if necessary, in anticipation of the taxes the current year. 

Art. 12. To see if the Town will maintain street lamps the 
present year, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the repair of roads and bridges the present year. 

Art. 14. To vote Yes or No, in answer to the question, 
Shall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in 
town- the present year. 

Art. 15. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of 
money for the enforcement of the liquor law. 

Art. 16. To see if the Town will vote to buy a lire engine 
for the South Village, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 17. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Art. 18. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the support of schools the present year, or act anything 
thereon. 

Art. 19. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for school supplies the present year. 

Art. 20. To see if the Town will vote to buy a stone crusher, 
or act anything thereon. 

Art. 21. To see if the Town will rescind the vote passed at a 
meeting March 3, 1890, whereby they voted to allow five per 
cent, interest on funds deposited with the town for care of lots in 
the cemeteries, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will choose a committee of in- 
vestment to invest the different sums of money which have been 
or may be deposited with the town, the income of which is to be 
expended in the perpetual care of lots in the cemeteries. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 79 

Art. 23. To see if the Town will take any action in regard 
to fish and game laws. 

Art. 24. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
to defray Town charges the present year. 

Art. 25. To see if the Town will authorize the Selectmen to 
petition the State Highway Commission to build a state road 
from Kelley's Corner to Acton Centre. 

The Polls will be open by ten o'clock a. m. and may be 
closed at two o'clock p. m. 

And you are hereby directed to serve this warrant by posting 
up copies, attested by you, in the following places : One in each 
of the post offices in the town, one at aach of the railroad stations 
in the town, one iD each of the stores of C. H Mead & Co., M. E. 
Taylor & Co., H. A. Littlefield, Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, one 
at the office of F. J. Hastings & Co., and one ot the Nagog House, 
seven days at least before the time appointed for holding said 
meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make clue return of this warrant, with 
your doings thereon, to the Selectmen or Town Clerk, on or before 
the time appointed for holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands, in Acton, this 22d day of March, in 
the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and ninety-nine. 

E. Faulkner Conant, 
William F. Stevens, 
David C Harris, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OP THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OP THE 



Town of Acton, Mass. 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH J2, 

1900 

Together with the School Report* 




unnf 



HUDSON, MASS.: 

THE ENTERPRISE PRINTING COMPANY 

1900 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TOWN OFFICERS 



OF THE 



Town of Acton, Mass. 

FOR THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 12, 

1900 

Together with the School Report* 




HUDSON, MASS. : 

THE ENTERPRISE PRINTING COMPANY 

1900 



Town Officers- 1899- 1900. 



Town Clerk, 
Horace F. Tuttle. 



Selectmen, 

E. Faulkner Conant, William F. Stevens, 

David C. Harris. 

Assessors, 

James B. Tuttle, William F. Stevens, 

D. James Wetherbee. 

Overseers of the Poor, 

E. Faulkner Conant, William F. Stevens, 

David C. Harris. 

Town Treasurer, 
Jonathan K. W. Wetherbee. 

Auditor, 
Frank W. Hoit. 

Collector of Taxes, 
William F. Stevens. 

Constables, 

William F. Stevens, Moses A. Reed, 

James Kinsley, Lorenzo E. Reed, 

J. Sidney White. 

Road Commissioners, 
Nahum Littlefield, (term expires 1900,) 

Anson C. Piper, (term expires 1901,) 

William H. Kinsley, (term expires 1902.) 

School Committee, 
Charles J. Williams, (term expires 1902,) 

Isaiah Hutchins,* (term expires 1901,) 

Horace F. Tuttle, (term expires 1900.) 
^Deceased. 



4 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Cemetery Committee ; 

John Fletcher,* Horace F. Tuttle, 

Charles B. Stone. 

Trustees Memorial Library, (elected by the Town,) 
Charles J. Williams, (term expires 1902,) 

William D. Tuttle, (term expires 1901,) 

Lucius A. Hesselton, (term expires 1900.) 

Fence Viewers, 

Daniel H. Farrar, Reuben L. Reed, 

Oliver W. Mead. 

Surveyors of Lumber, Wood, Hoops and Staves. 
Herbert T. Clark, Jonathan P. Fletcher, 

Edgar H. Hall, Edward F. Richardson, 

» • Henry D. Parlin.* 

Field Drivers, 

Carlton C. Taylor, James F. Stiles, Jr. 

Elwyn W. Harris, William F. Stevens, 

James Kinsley, Moses A. Reed, 

J. Sidney White, L. E. Reed. 

Tree Warden, 
E. Faulkner Conant. 

Committee on Enforcement of Liquor Law, 
The Selectmen, Adelbert Mead, F. P. W t ood. 

Registrars of Voters, (Appointed.) 
Julien Tuttle, (term expires 1902,) 

Samuel A. Guilford, (term expires 1901,) 

James McGreen, (term expires 1900,) 

Horace F. Tuttle, ex-officio. 



■Deceased. 



Town Clerk's Report. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE TOWN MEETING, 
Held March 21, 1899. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting. 

Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 
Art. 2. To determine the number of town officials the town will 
choose the present year. 
Voted, That no action be taken on this article. 
Art. 3. To see what action the town will take in relation to the 
vote passed at the meeting Feb. 2, 1899, whereby they voted 
to reconsider the action of the town in electing town officers 
on one ballot. 
Voted, That no action be taken on this article. 
Art. . 4. To see if the town will vote to hold but one annual town 
meeting instead of two, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, That no action be taken on this article. 
Voted, To adjourn. 

A true record. Attest : 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, 
Held April 3, 1899. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting. 

Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 
Art. 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the provisions of 

Section 332, Chap. 548 of the Acts of 1898, providing for the 

election of a Highway Surveyor. 



6 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Voted, Not to accept the provisions of law relative to choosing a 
Highway Surveyor. 
Art. 3. To see if the town will vote to choose three Road Com- 
missioners or accept any provisions of law relative thereto. 
Voted, To choose three Road Commissioners and accept the pro- 
visions of the law relative thereto. 

Art. 4. To see if the town will rescind the vote passed at their 
meeting Feb. 2, 1899, in reference to two annual town meetings 
or act anything thereon. 
Voted, Not to rescind said vote. 

Voted, To request the Selectmen to call the annual town meeting 
the last Monday in March and that the annual meeting be adjourned 
to a date fixed by the meeting if necessary. 

Art. 5. To see if the town will accept the reports of the Select- 
men, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee and other town 
officers. 
Voted, To accept the reports of the several town officers as printed. 
Art. 6. To choose all necessary town officers and committees, and 
fix salaries. 
Voted, To fix the salary of the Collector of Taxes for the ensuing 
year at $150, the same to include posting the town warrants, enforc- 
ing the dog law and all other duties hitherto performed by said 
officer. 

Voted, That the salary of the Road Commissioners be fixed at 
twenty-five cents per hour employed. 

Voted, That laborers be paid seventeen and one-half cents per 
hour employed. 

Voted, That a double team and man be paid forty- two and 
one-half cents per hour employed. 

Voted, To proceed to choose on one ballot : 
One Town Clerk, 
One Town Treasurer, 
Three Selectmen, 
Three Assessors, 
Three Overseers of the Poor, 
One Member of the School Committee, 
One Collector of Taxes, 



TOWN OF ACTON. 7 

Five Constables, 
Three Cemetery Committee, 
Three Fence Viewers, 

Six Surveyors of lumber, wood, hoops and staves, 
Eight Field Drivers, 
One Trustee of Memorial Library, 
One Auditor, 

Three Road Commissioners. 
The following town officers were chosen : 
Town Clerk, Horace F. Tuttle. 
town Treasurer, Jona K. W. VVetherbee. 

Selectmen, E. Faulkner Conant, Wm. F. Stevens, David C. Harris. 
Assessors, James B. Tuttle, Wm. F. Stevens, D. James Wetherbee. 
Overseers of the Poor, E. Faulkner Conant, Wm. F. Stevens, 
David C. Harris. 

School Committee for three years, Chas. J. Williams. 
Collector of Taxes. Wm. F. Stevens. 

Constables, Wm. F. Stevens, Moses A. Reed, James Kinsley, L. 
E. Reed, J. Sidney White. 

Cemetery Committee, John Fletcher, Horace F. Tuttle, Chas. B. 
Stone. 

Fence Viewers, Daniel H. Farrar, Reuben L. Reed, Oliver W. 
Mead. 

Surveyors of lumber, wood, hoops and staves, Herbert T. Clark, 
Jona P. Fletcher, Edgar H. Hall, Edward F. Richardson, Henry D. 
Parlin, D. H. Farrar. 

Field Drivers, Carlton C. Taylor, Jas. F. Stiles, Jr., Elwyn W. 
Harris, Wm. F. Stevens, James Kinsley, L. E. Reed, Moses A. Reed, 
J. Sidney White. 

Trustee of Memorial Library, Chas. J. Williams. 
Auditor, Frank W. Hoit. 

Road Commissioners, Nahum Littlefield, for one year ; Anson C. 
Piper, for two years ; Wm. H. Kinsley, for three years. 
Voted, To choose a Tree Warden. 
E. Faulkner Conant was chosen Tree Warden. 
Voted, That the Selectmen, Adelbert Mead and F. P. Wood be a 
committee to enforce the liquor laws. 



O ANNUAL REPORTS 

Art. 7. To hear and act upon the report of any committee chosen 
to report at this meeting. 

Heard the report of the Committee appointed Feb. 2, 1899, to 
investigate the matter of school accomodations in South Acton> 
which was the recommendation to build a High School Building at 
Kelley's Corner. 

Voted, To accept the report of the Committee. 

A motion that the town build a High School building this year, 
the matter of location to be left with the State Board of Education 
did not prevail, 81 voting No, and 54 Yes. 

Acting on the report of the School Committee as printed in the 
annual town report, page 60, first paragraph 

Voted, That the matter of the location of the High School be left 
with the School Committee. 

Art. 8. To see what amount of money the town will raise for the 
due observance of Memorial Day. 

Voted, To appropriate the sum of $50. 
Art. 9. To see if the town will vote to put an addition on the 
South School Building or act anything theron. 

Voted, Not to put an addition on the South School Building 
73 voting Yes, 109 No. 

Art. 10. To see if the town will accept the jury list as revised by 
the Selectmen. 

Voted, To accept the jury list as revised by the Selectmen, and 
printed in the town report, excepting the name of Elisha H. 
Cutler. 

Art. 11. To see if the town will authorize its Treasurer with the 
- approval of the Selectmen to borrow money for the town if 
necessary, in anticipation of the taxes the current year. 

Voted, That the Town Treasurer be authorized to borrow in anti- 
cipation of the taxes for the year 1899, such sums of money as 
may be needed from time to time for the current expenses of 
the town, paying therefor the current market rate of interest 
giving the note or notes of the town therefor, signed by the 
Treasurer and countersigned by at least a majority of the Se- 
lectmen, to be paid from the taxes to be raised in the year 
1899. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 9 

Art. 12. To see if the town will maintain street lamps the present 
year, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, To maintain street lamps the present year. 
Voted, That the Selectmen pay the sum of $3.50 per lamp to be 
expended the same as last year. 

Art. 13. To see what amount of money the town will raise for the 
repair of roads and bridges the present year. 
Voted, To raise the sum of $3000. 
Art. 14. To vote Yes or No in answer to the question Shall li- 
censes be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in town 
the present year? 

Whole number of ballots cast, 134. Yes 32, No 102. 
Art. 15. To see if the town will appropriate a sum of money for 
the enforcement of the liquor law. 
Voted, To appropriate the sum of $500. 
Art. 16. To see if the town will vote to buy a fire engine for the 
South Village or act anything thereon. 
Voted, That the Selectmen be authorized to purchase a fire en- 
gine of the same style as that now located in Acton Center, 
to be placed in South Acton. 

Art. 17. To see what amount of money the town will raise for the 
support of Memorial Library the present year. 
Voted, To raise the sum of $400 for current expenses, and $200 
for the purchase of books. 

Art. 18. To see what amount of money the town will raise for the 
support of schools the present year or act anything thereon. 



Voted, To raise for common schools, 


$3400.00 


High school, 


1600.00 


School spplies, 


475.00 


Trans, of East pupils, 


360.00 


" " South East pupils, 


270.00 


Apparatus and books for High 




School, 


100.00 


Salary of Sup't. of Schools, 


450.00 


Trans, of North pupils, 


240.00 


" ** pupils between South 




and West Acton, 


240.00 



10 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Art. 19. To see what amount of money the town will raise for 
school supplies the present year. 
Action taken under Act. 18. 
Art. 20. To see if the town will vote to buy a stone crusher or act 
anything thereon. 
Voted, That the matter be referred to the Selectmen and Moder- 
ator.,. 

Art. 21. To see if the town will rescind the vote' passed at a meet- 
ing March 3, 1890 whereby they voted to allow five per cent 
interest on funds deposited with the town for the care of lots 
in the cemeteries or act anything thereon. 
Voted, To rescind the vote passed at a meeting March 3, 1890 
whereby they voted to allow five per cent interest on funds depo- 
sited with the town for the care of lots in cemeteries. 
Art. 22. Th see if the town will choose a Committee of Invest- 
ment to invest the different sums of money which have been 
or may be deposited with the town the income of which is to 
to be expended in the perpetual care of the lots in the ceme- 
teries. 
Voted, That the Treasurer be a Committee of Investment to in- 
vest the different, sums of money that have been or may be depo- 
sited with the town for the perpetual care of lots in cemeteries, the 
income of which is to be expended in the care of lots and the 
money to be invested in the Savings Banks. 

Art. 23. To see if the town will take any action in regard to fish 
and game laws. 
Voted, That the Selectmen and Edward F. Richardson, be a com- 
mittee to petition the Legislature to allow towns to protect game 
within their limits. 

Art. 24. To see what amount of money the town will raise to de- 
fray town charges the present year. 
Voted, To raise $5000.00. 

Voted, That the Collector charge interest at the rate of five per 
cent per annum on all taxes remaining unpaid after the first day of 
November next. 

Voted, That all taxes shall be paid on or before the first day of 
March next, and if any taxes remain unpaid after that date the Col- 
lector shall collect according to law. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 11 

Art. 25. To see if the town will authorize the Selectmen to petition 
the State Highway Commission to build a state road from 
Kelly's Corner to Acton Centre. 
Voted, To pass over the article. 

Voted to accept the minutes of the meeting as read by the Town 
Clerk. 

Voted, To dissolve the meeting. 

A true record, attest, 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE MEETING HELD APRIL 17, 1899. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting. 

Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 
Art. 2. To see if the town will vote to locate and build a High 
School Building, at or near Acton Center, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted, (1) That the town build this present year a new High 
School Building, not to exceed a cost of $7,000 to be located on the 
land of James B. Tuttle on the outskirts of the village and known as 
the "Peach Orchard" site. 

Voted, (2) That Chas. M. Kimball E. F. Conant, D. James 
Wetherbee, Chas. H. Mead and Luther Conant, be a committee to 
carry out the preceding vote of the town. 

Voted, (3) That the Selectmen be instructed to borrow a sum 
of money, not exceeding $7,000, to carry out the preceding votes of 
the town. 

The first action under the article was taken by ballot, 127 voting 
Yes and 116 No, the second and third by a viva voce vote. 
Art. 3. To see if the town will let out the coal used in the differ- 
ent town buildings to the lowest bidder, or act anything thereon. 

Voted, That all coal used by the town be Contracted for, and thaj 
the Selectmen be instructed to award the contract for same to the 
lowest bidder. 



12 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Art. 4. To see if the town will vote to buy teams to do the town 
work, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, Not to purchase teams for the use of the town. 
Art. 5. To see if the town will vote to purchase hose for fire pur- 
poses in W. Acton, or take any action in reference to fire pro- 
tection in that village. 
Voted, That the Selectmen be instructed to lay a six inch iron pipe 
in West Acton, from the factorv of Hall Bros, to the store of C. H. 
Mead & Co., and purchase 1,000 feet of hose, and hose carriage, if 
necessary. 

Art. 6. To see if the town will instruct the Selectmen to enforce 
the provisions of the laws as set forth in Chap. 196 of the 
Acts of 1890, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, That the Selectmen be instructed to enforce the law. 
Voted, To accept the minutes of the meeting. 
Voted, To dissolve the meeting. 

A true record, attest, 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE MEETING HELD MAY 8, 1899. 



Art. 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting. 
Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will vote to reconsider or rescind the 
vote passed April 17, 1899, at the special town meeting, where- 
by they voted that the town build the present year a new 
High School Building, not to exceed a cost of $7,000, to be 
located on land of James B. Tuttle, on the outskirts of the vil- 
lage and known as the ''Peach Orchard" site. 
Voted, To reconsider the votes passed at the last town meeting in 

reference to erecting a High School Building. 
Voted, To dismiss the article. 

Art. 3. To see if the town will vote to locate and build a High 
School Building in any part of said town, or take any action for 
the relief of the schools in South Acton, and see if the town 



'I OWN OF ACTON. . 13 

will make an appropriation therefor and to authorize the proper 
authorities to borrow a sum of money to be used for either of 
the above named purposes, or act anything thereon. 
Voted, To dismiss the article. 
Art. 4. To see if the town will appropriate $1,200 for furnishing 
fire protection in West Acton, as voted April 17, 1899. 
Voted, To dismiss the article. 
Art. 5. To see what action the town will take in relation to the 
completion of the Cash road. 
Voted, To instruct the Road Commissioners to expend a sum not 
exceeding $150 for the completion of the Cash road. 
Art. 6. To see what action the town will take in reference to draw- 
ing out interest on cemetery funds. 
Voted, To authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Selectmen, to draw the interest on funds invested for care of lots in 
cemeteries as it may become due. 

Voted, To accept the minutes of the meeting. 
Voted, To dissolve the meeting. 

A true record, attest, 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE MEETING HELD JULY 13, 1899. 



Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting. 

Luther Conant was chosen Moderator. 
Art. 2. To see what action the town will take in reference to the 
expenditure of the $15000.00 allotted to them by the State 
Highway Commission for the building of a State road in Acton. 
Voted, That the town waive its rights to contract for the building 
of the proposed piece of State road allotted to the town, and leave 
the matter of building to the Mass. Highway Commission. 
Art. 3. To see if the town will authorize the making of a plan of 
the roads of Acton or act anything thereon. 
Voted, That the Selectmen be authorized, if they deem it expe- 
dient, to procure a large map of Acton including the location of 



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the roads, public buildings and such other matter as they may deem 
advisable, the cost of the same not to exceed I 

.4. To see what' action the town will take in reference to 
bonds for its Collector and Treasurer. 
N : action taken. 
Voted, To accept the minutes of the meeting. 
.:*. To dissolve the meeting. 

A rue record, attest, 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 



PROCEEDING MEETINGS HEA' NOV 

In Precinct- 1. 2 ant 3, Acton. 



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For Governor. 












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Prec-3. 


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All ert B. Coats, 


1 


2 


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4 


W. Murray Crane, 


60 


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61 


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Robert Treat Paine, Jr. 


18 


15 




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George R. Peare, 








1 


1 


Winfield P. Porter, 


1 


1 





5 


EAnks. 


2 


3 


2 


7 


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John L. Bates, 


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66 


200 


John H. Mack, 


17 


15 


18 


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1 


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1 


1 


1 




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4 


3 


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Charles H. Brad A 


1 


2 


1 


4 


John B. Lewis, Jr. 


1 


0. 


12 


13 


Henry Lloyd. 


16 


14 


6 




Frank McDonald, 





1 





1 


liana M. Olin, 


5> 


71 


2 


191 




6 


6 


6 


18 





TOWN OF ACTON. 






15 


Treasurer. 








♦ 




Edward S. Bradford, 




57 


72 


62 


191 


Joseph J. Flynn, 




14 


10 


19 


43 


Herbert B. Griffin, 




1 


1 


1 


3 


Frederick A. Nagler, 







1 





1 


Charles W. White, 




3 


1 





4 


Blanks, 




7 


9 


5 


21 


Auditor. 












Elbridge Gerry Brown, 




18 


13 


18 


49 


John W. Kimball, 




57 


73 


60 


190 


Franklin A. Palmer, 




1 





1 


2 


Blanks, 




6 


8 


8 


22 


Attorney General. 












Addison W. Barr, 




2 


1 





3 


Hosea M. Knowlton, 




59 . 


74 


65 


198 


John H. Morrison, 




13 


12 


19 


44 


Sidney Perley, 




1 





1 


2 


Blanks, 




7 


7 


2 


16 


Councillor Sixth District. 










Marcellus H. Fletcher, 




17 


17 


18 


52 


S. Herbert Howe, 




56 


69 


61 


186 


Blanks, 




9 


8 


8 


25 


Senator Sixth Middlesex. 










George G. King, 




15 


19 


11 


45 


Frank A. Patch, 




61 


69 


71 


201 


Blanks, 




6 


6 


5 


17 


Representative in General 










Court. 












Herbert E. Fletcher, 




62 


68 


64 


194 


T. Frank Mullin, 




14 


19 


19 


52 


Blanks, 




6 


7 


4 


17 



16 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



County Commissioner. 

Levi S. Gould, 
Joseph V. Schugel, 
Blanks, 

Sheriff. 

John R. Fairbiarn, 
Alfred E. Jones, 
Blanks, 



64 74 74 212 

3 1 4 

15 19 13 47 



61 72 72 205 

12 14 

20 20 14 54 



A true record, attest, 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 



Vote of the 23d Middlesex District for Representative 
in General Court. 





Acton. 


Ayer. 


Littleton 


Shirley. 


Westford 


Herbert E. Fletcher, of 












Westford .... 


194 


150 


78 


75 


244 


T. Frank Mullin, of 












Ayer 


52 


103 


15 


33 


53 


Blanks 


17 


12 


1 


4 


21 


Total, 


263 


265 


94 


112 


318 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



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TOWN OF ACTON. 



19 



MARRIAGES REGISTERED IN 1899. 



DATE. 






NO. 


NAMES. 


RESIDENCES. 


PLACE. 






1. Jan. 18 j 


Elwyn W. Harris 


N. Acton, 


at Acton. ( 


Ida A. Hapgood 


S. Acton. 


2. Feb. 9 ( 
at Maynard. \ 


Murton H. Biathrovv 


W. Acton, 


Lizzie Francella Wetherbee 


W. Acton. 


3. April 19 | 
at Acton. ( 


Cyrus Granville Dole 


Cambridgeport 


Grace Evelyn Taylor 


Acton. 


4. May 29 ( 
at S. Acton. j 


William Chester Munroe 


Weston, 


Mildred Oseman Kendall 


Everett. 


5. June 7 j 
at S. Acton. { 


Asaph Merriam 


S. Acton, 


Harriet Emma Jones 


S. Acton. 


6. June 8 ( 
at Boston. { 


Daniel Morrison 


Cambridge, 


Julia Lewis Cutter 


Acton. 


7. June 24 ( 
at Maynard. j 


Richard .Francis Murphy 


S. Acton, 


Mary Jane Dean 


S. Acton. 


8. June 26 1 
at W. Acton, j 


Frederick H. Nash 


W. Acton, 


Mary Franz Rich 


W. Acton. 


9. August 2 ( 
at Concord. { 


Sanford S. Searles 


S. Acton, 


Annie H. Hay ward 


Boxboro. 


10. August 19 | 
at W.Townsend j 


John H. Watkins 


Acton, 


Elsie Edis Graham 


Fitchburg. 


11. Sept. 6 ( 
at Acton. { 


Frank Herman Tuttle 


Acton, 


Bessie May Harris 


N. Acton. 


12. Sept. 6 j 
at S. Boston. | 


Albert L. Wood 


Acton, 


Agnes J. Butler 


S. Boston. 


13. Oct. 11 j 
at Maynard. ( 


John E. Callahan 


S. Acton, 


Josephine Jackman 


S. Acton. 


14. Nov. 30 ( 
at W. Acton, j 


George S. Chadwick 


S. Boston, 


Florence M. Leighton 


W. Acton. 


Dec. 9 f 
at Acton, j 


Niels Peter Hansen 


Acton, 


Laura Larsen 


Acton. 



20 ANNUAL REPORTS 

DEATHS REGISTERED IN 1899. 



NO. 
1. 


DATE. 

Jan. 2. 


2. 


Jan. 


24. 


3. 


Feb. 


9. 


4. 


Feb. 


10. 


5. 


Mar. 


28. 


6. 


Apr. 


3. 


7. 


Apr. 


26. 


8. 


May 


7. 


9. 


May 


9. 


10. 


June 


29. 


11. 


July 


5. 


12. 


July 


22. 


13. 


July 


30. 


14. 


July 


31. 


15. 


Aug. 


8. 


16. 


Aug. 


12. 


17. 


Sept. 


1. 


18. 


Sept. 


13. 


19. 


Sept. 


23. 


20. 


Sept. 


30. 


21. 


Oct. 


10. 


22. 


Oct. 


31. 


23. 


Nov. 


5. 


24. 


Nov. 


29. 


25. 


Dec. 


1. 


26. 


Dec. 


6. 


27. 


Dec. 


14. 


28. 


Dec. 


14. 


29. 


Dec. 


15. 


30. 


Dec. 


16. 


31. 


Dec. 


28. 


32. 


Dec. 


30. 



YRS. MOS. DVS. 



Mary A. Robbins, 64 10 10 

Forestus D. K. Hoar, 67 11 

Eliza Annie Hutchins, 70 10 25 

Harriet E. Mitchell, 78 5 16 

Lillie M. Graves, 31 9 11 

Henry Edson, 77 1 

George W. Mark, 67 

John W. Randall, 80 

Ebenezer W. Jones, 67 4 10 

Frank Mae ton, alias Wellington 35 (about) 

Eliza J. Treshler, 58 

Everlina T. Shapley, 73 3 10 

Walter A. Gilmore, 52 11 24 

George F. Clark, 82 5 7 

Isaiah Hutchins, 69 10 15 

Rachel A. Jenkins, 38 1 6 

David Joseph Foley, 3 10 28 

Charles A. Brooks, 59 

John P. Rouillard, 79 2 

Henry Brown, 81 1 25 

Sarah M. Jewett, 88 2 16 

John Fletcher, 72 2 23 

Harold Nelson Abbott, 3 18 

Julia Bertha Tapley, 29 4 

Electa Pansy Penniman, 4 8 23 

Mary W. VVetherbee, 91 5 14 

Mary J. C. Z. Dusseault, 82 4 12 

Henry D. Parlin, 63 4 12 

Mary Etta Worster, 45 9 21 

Luke Smith, 86 9 24 

Mary Elizabeth Hastings, 57 7 14 

Thomas Morey, 78 3 16 



TOWN OF ACTON. 21 

PERSONS BROUGHT TO ACTON FOR BURIAL. 





DATE OF 


DEATH. NAME. RESIDENCE. 


i — 


AGE- 




NO. 


1899. 




YRS. 


MOS. 


DYS. 


1. 


Jan. 


6. 


Abby Hutchins, Stoneham, 


76 






2. 


Jan. 


8. 


William H. Allsop, Shirley, 




3 


12 


3. 


Jan. 


23. 


Elizabeth Smith, Tunbridge. Vt. 


77 


11 


9 


4. 


Feb. 


13. 


Susan C. Cushing, Brookline, 


56 


10 


24 


5. 


Feb. 


15. 


George A. Jones, Boston, 


53 






6. 


Feb. 


16. 


Charles H. Martin, Boston, 


58 






7. 


Feb. 


21. 


Mary W. Loker, Westford 


82 


1 


21 


8. 


Feb. 


28. 


Harriet Brown, Nashua, N. H. 


76 






9. 


Mar. 


26. 


Susan 0. Schouler, Pawtucket, R. 1. 


44 


4 


23 


10. 


May 


8. 


Elisha Pickens, Boston, 


70 


6 


19 


11. 


May 


21. 


Harriet B.Townsend, Jersey City, N. J. 


47 






12. 


Aug. 


18. 


f Child of Geo. A. ) P ,.' 
{ Smith, } Carllsle - 








13. 


Aug. 


22. 


Evangeline M. Graves, Boxboro, 




5 


1 


14. 


Sept. 


8. 


Semantha Stockwell, Watertown, 


69 


10 




15. 


Oct. 


12. 


Jane A. Davey, Amesbury, 


38 


10 


7 


16. 


Oct. 


22. 


Eliza B. Cole, Boxboro, 


82 


10 


29 


17. 


Oct. 


29. 


Charles P. Heustis, New Brighton,N.\ 








18. 


Nov. 


16. 


Benj. R. Joyce, Concord Junct. 


77 


9 


27 


19. 


Nov. 


29. 


Lyman Rouillard, Maiden, 


51 


1 


17 


20. 


Dec. 

1866 


19. 


Sarah F. Chaplin, Concord, 


56 


6 




21. 


Feb. 


7. 


Andrew J. Sawyer, Lowell, 


33 


5 


4 



Note. — To make the registration as complete as possible, the 
Town Clerk requests information of any omission or error in the 
lists of births, marriages and deaths. 

Note. — In accordance with Section 8, Chap. 32, of the Public 
Statutes, the Town Clerk hereby gives notice that he is prepared to 
furnish to all physicians, midwives and persons applying therefor, 
blanks for the return of births. 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 
Acton, Jan. 1, 1900. 



22 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



PERSONS HAVING DOGS LIGENSED IN 1899. 



C. L. Stone, 


$ 2 


James F. Stiles, 


$ 2 


J. Sterling Moore, 
Ellsworth Houghton, 
E. Eddie Fletcher, 


2 
5 
2 


H. L. Duren, 
F. A. Pratt, 
Charles A. Taylor, 


2 
2 
2 


Chas. L. Ford, (3) 


12 


James A. McLane, 


2 


George Libby, 
Charles Morris, 


5 

2 


Smith Finney, (2) 
Chas. M. Kimball, 


10 

2 


Luke Tuttle, 
James P. Brown, 
William B. Holt, 


2 

2 
2 


E. H. Carey, 
George H. Brooks, 
Arthur Tuttle, 


2 

2 
2 


Lottie Flagg, 
Harry A. Clark, 


2 
2 


A. L. Lawrence, (2) 
W. H. Lawrence, 


4 
2 


J. Linwood Richardson, 


5 


Moses Taylor, 


2 


Wm. F. Stevens, 


2 


L. Willis Mead, 


2 


F. G. Williams, 


5 


Francis S. Davis, 


5 


F. J. Barker, (2) 
E. C. Shapley, 
Wm. F. Kelly, 
Elwyn W. Harris, 


7 
2 

2 
2 


Michael G. Hayes, (3) 
Fred S. Whitcomb, 
F. J. Taylor, 
Chas. J. Williams, 


6 

2 
2 

2 


Moses E. Taylor, 


2 


Elnathan Jones, 


2 


Daniel H. Farrar, 


2 


John Moulton, 


2 


D. James Wetherbee, 


2 


J. E. Durkee, 


2 


Albert H. Perkins, 


2 


W. C. Robbins, 


2 


Fred W. Green, 


2 


Walter E. Smith, 


2 


Howard E. F'aulkner, 


2 


W. S. Fletcher, 


2 


M. J. Harrington, 
M. Hannon, 


2 
2 


Cyrus G. Dole, (2) 
Maurice Lane, 


4 
2 


W. H. Jones, 


2 


Samuel Ineson, 


2 


Frank Pratt, 


2 


P. F. Holden, 


2 


Tuttle & Newton, 


2 


Frank R. Stevens, 


2 


George Worster, 


2 


Charles Wheeler, 


2 


Daniel Mahoney, 
C. F. Shirland, 
May Calder, 
Henry M. Smith, 
Mary E. Reynolds, 


2 
2 
2 
2 
2 


Luther Conant, 
Chauncy B. Robbins, 
Jeremiah McCarthy, 
John Coughlin, 
William Barnes, 


2 
2 

2 
2 

2 







TOWN l 


OF ACTON. 




23 


Nelson J. Cole, 




$ 2 


Constantine O'Neil, 




* 2 


Charles A. Hunter, 


(2) 


7 


O. A. Willis, 




5 


Lester N. Fletcher, 




2 


William B. Manning, 




2 


Fredson P. Brooks, 




2 


Frank R. Knowlton, 




2 


A. J. Fletcher, 




2 


0. A. Knowlton, 




2 


H. A. Gray, 




5 


Frank E. Harris, 




2 


George E. Greenough, 


2 


Abel Farrar, 




2 


George N. Hoit, 




2 


Benjamin Andersom, 




2 


David C. Harris, 




2 


0. W. Penniman, 




2 


I. Simersen, 




2 


Patrick O'Neil, 




2 


S. H. Taylor, 




2 


William H. Hill, 




2 


Abel Cole, 




2 


Roswell L. Tuttle, 




5 


Henry Hanson, 




2 


William J. Moore, 




2 


William S. Jones, 




2 


F. E. Howland, 




2 


Hiram E. Gates, 




2 


A. Risso, 




2 


Richard Davis, 




2 


Wilbur Fisk, 




.2 


Lyman Tuttle, 




2 


W. W. Philbrick, 




2 


Whole number licensed, 


115. 








Number of males, 101 ; at 


$2 each, 


$202 00 


" " females, 


14; at 


: $5 eac 


h, 


70 


00 




272 


00 


Deduct Clerk's fees 115 licenses at 20 cents each, 


23 


00 



Amount paid to County Treasurer, $249 00 

HORACE F. TUTTLE, Town Clerk. 



24 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Selectmen's Report. 







Center School. 




Paid Sara J. Small 


teacher grammar, 34 weeks, 


$340.00 


Gertrude L. Kivlin, 


a a J tt 


10.00 


Ella L. Miller, 


" intermediate, 23 4-5 weeks, 


238.00 


Sarah Wood, 




1-5 


2.00 


Florence N. Day, 


" primary, 8 3-5 " 


86.00 


Eva C. Bassett, 


3 2-5 " 


34.00 


Cora F. Warren, 


23 1-5 " 


232.00 


Sarah Wood, 




tt a 4_5 a 


8.00 


. Julian Tuttle, 


janito 


r, 


92.00 


Julian Tuttle, 


clean 


ing rooms, 


11.10 


F. J. Hastings & Co, 7620, lbs. coal, 


21.53 


tt tt 


tt 


8145, " « 


23.00 


a a 


a 


4105, " " 


11.60 


it a 


a 


3640, " " 


10.19 


tt it 


a 


7535, " " 


21.28 


M. E. Taylor 


&Co. 


, 4 brooms, 


1.28 


<< it 


tt 


3 dippers, 


.20 


tt a 


a 


oil, 


.32 


tt a 


a 


soapine, 


.20 


tt a 


it 


2 mucilage, 


.10 


a 


a 


3 pails, 


.81 


tt a 


a 


1 brush, 


.70 


it t% 


a 


, salt, 


1.03 


a a 


a 


polish, 


.10 


a a 


a 


chimney, 


.10 


a it 


it 


screw driver, 


.20 


George Greer 


tough, 


4745, coal, 


14.71 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



25 



Tuttle & Newton, 1 shovel, 

" 2 7-8 lbs. rope, 
" " polish, 

brush, 
Marion Brown, musical instruction, 



$ .50 

.58 

.18 

.45 

6.67 



North Scoool. 



$1,167.83 



Paid Ella L. Miller, teacher, 
J. W. Parsons, janitor, 



$120.00 
12.00 



Paid Hattie L. Tuttle, 
Edith B. Marrow, 
Ida F. Thomson, 
Eva R. Barton, 
Lilla Keniston, 
Annie W. Chase, 
Jennie E. Stowell, asst 
Eva M. Brewer, 



South School. 

teacher grammar, 12 
13 
" « 2 

" 8 4-5 
" primary, 12 
24 
12 
intermediate, 24 
C. L. Bradford, janitor 2 schools 1 year, 
C. L. Bradford, cleaning room, 
Henry Tolman, janitor 1 school 2 terms, 
F. J. Hastings & Co., 5542 lbs. coal, 
13183 " 

4185 " 
« tt a 5uo « 

" " " 5545 " 
E. Jones & Co., 1335 lbs. coal, 
1187 

Tuttle & Newton, 1 axe, 
" " polish, 

1 pail, 
" " dust pan, 



weeks, 



$132.00 



$120.00 

130.00 

20.00 

88.00 

120.00 

240.00 

84.00 

240.00 

90.00 

9.50 

25.00 

16.07 

35.59 

11.82 

13.79 

14.97 

3.88 

3.44 

.83 

.10 

.30 

.20* 



it 


a 


oil, 


a 


«( 


polish, 


tt 


a 


powder, 


it 


a 


soap, 


it 


tt 


1 thermometer, 


(( 


a 


1 brush, 


tt 


a 


1 " 


a 


tt 


1 handle, 


a 


a 


1 brush, 


Elnathan 


Jones 


, 4 dusters, 


Marion Brown, 


musical instruction, 


George Greenough, wood, 






West School. 



26 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Tuttle & Newton, 1 basin, $ .35 

1 brush, .42 

.08 

.10 

.20 

.05 

.15 

2.00 

1.62 

.15 

.63 

3.78 

6.67 

3.00 

$1,286.69 



Paid Mary R. Burke, teacher grammar, 25 weeks, $250.00 

May A. F. Randall, " " 11 « 110.00 

Florence Moran, " intermediate, 12 " 120.00 

Catherine E. Sweeney," " 24 " 240.00 

Harriet Gardner, " primary, 36 " 360.00 

Sarah Wood, " 6.00 

Thomas Scanlon, janitor, 105.00 

" " cleaning rooms, 18.00 

" " furnishing water, 8.01 

" " preparing wood, 2.00 

A. W. Wetherbee, wood, 8.00 

E. C. Parker & Co., 2860 lbs. coal, 7.58 

E. C. Parker & Co., 26770 lbs. coal, 70.94 

H. A. Littlefield, 1 floor brush, 2.90 

2 dusters, 4.00 

" " 1 broom, .33 

1 pail, .25 

" " incidentals, 2.16 

Marion Brown, musical instruction, 6.66 

$1,321.83 



town of acton. 27 

High School. 

Paid W. A. Charles, principal 12 weeks, $333.33 

W. D. De Vault, " 26 " 650.00 

M. Florence Fletcher, asst. teacher 37 weeks, 475.00 

C. L. Bradford, janitor, 97.50 

F. J. Hastings & Co., 5543 lbs. coal, 16.08 

13183 " 35.60 

5110 " 13.80 

5545 " j 14.97 

E. Jones & Co., 1187 " 3.46 

1335 " 3.86 

C. L. Bradford, cleaning rooms, 8.50 
J. L. Hammett & Co., 3 doz. diplomas and engrossing, 13.20 
N. A. Bellville, orchestra, 15.00 
Eluathan Jones, 1 duster, .37 

" " 6 yds. ribbon, 1.32 

George Greenough, wood, 3.00 

$1,684.99 

Scientific Apparatus and Books of Reference. 

Paid Ziegler Electric Co., $61.75 

De Wolfe Fisk & Co., 13.06 

J. L. Hammett & Co., 10.50 

D. C. Heath & Co., 11.00 
C. J. Williams, for express, 1.80 

$98.11 

School Supplies. 

Paid D. C. Heath & Co., $30.09 

Silver Burdett & Co., 45.07 

J. L. Hammett Co., 253.79 

Ginn & Co., 47.40 

Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 6.75 

American Book Co., 64.51 

E. E. Babb & Co., 8.25 



28 ANNUAL REPORTS 

DeWolfe Fiske & Co., $ 2.50 

Thorpe & Martin, 1.50 

C. J. Williams', 2.65 

" " for express, 7.81 

A. L. Noyes, " 16.03 

C. L. Bradford, " .15 



Transportation of Scholars. 



Running Expenses. 



$486.50 



Paid J. Mikkelsen, (East), $380.00 

W. S. Jones, (South, East), 255.00 

George Greenough, (North) 2 terms, 210.60 

Frank A. Pratt, 1 scholar, 5.00 

$850.60 
Memorial Library. 

Books and Magazines. 

Paid DeWolfe, Fiske & Co., books, $326.99 

W. A. Wilde & Co., « 10.00 

Henry D. Noyes & Co., magazines, 34.45 

Wm. D. Tuttle, books, 2.35 



$373.79 



Paid Viola S. Tuttle, librarian, $104.00 

Viola S. Tuttle, for ribbon, .30 

O. D. Wood, janitor, 100.00 

Ethel M. Cutler, transportation of books, 51.00 

J. R. Wales, binding magazines, 26.25 

George E. Greenough, 6775 lbs. coal, 20.33 

2580 « 8.00 

6165 " 18.50 

Morning Mail Co., printing catalogue supplements, 11.00 

Mass. Reformatory, 500 cards, 2.00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



29 



Elnathan Jones, 1 mat, 
Wm. D. Tuttle, expenses, 
M. E. Taylor & Co., oil, 

" " chimneys, 

" broom, 

" " incidentals, 

A. Hosmer, printing, 



State and Military Aid. 



; 7.75 

7.86 

17.44 

.90 

.30 

2.23 

3.60 



$381.46 



Paid W. B. Ball, Military 


Aid, 


$182.50 


Henry E. Forbush, Military Aid, 


40.00 


Emma F. Blood, 


State Aid, 


48.00 


Ephraim B. Forbush 


a 


20.00 


Aaron S. Fletcher, 


a 


36.00 


George Handley, 


a 


48.00 


Lydia Handley, 


a 


48.00 


Maria Kingsley, 


(t 


48.00 


George Macomber, 


a 


20.00 


Joanna Macomber, 


a 


20.00 


Bridget Mawn, 


a 


48.00 


Mary A. Parlin, 


it 


8.00 


Sarah J. Rodway, 


a 


48.00 


Eliza J. Shattuck, 


a 


48.00 


Luke Smith, 


a 


36.00 


Mary Smith, 


a 


48.00 


Allen G. Smith, 


a 


48.00 


Rebecca C. Wright, 


a 


48.00 


Phebe F. Wood, 


" 


48.00 


Addison B. Wheeler, 


a 


48.00 




$938.50 




Street Lamps. 





Paid East Acton Street Lighting Association, 
West " " " 

Acton Center Improvement Society, 



77.00 

253.75 

80.50 



30 ANNUAL REPORTS 

George T. Ames, $1.75 

Henry Barker, 7.00 

E. J. Banks, 3.50 
G. Clark, 3.50 
S. A. Christie, 3.50 
L. V. Clough, 7.00 
Harry Clough, 3.50 
W. F. Dussault, 3.50 
I. F. Duren, 3.50 
J. P. Fletcher, 7.00 
A. J. Fletcher, 3.50 
Abel Farrar, 3.50 
Victor Fowler, 3.50 
May Griswold, 7.00 
H. A. Gray, 3.50 

D. C. Harris, 3.50 
H. J. Hapgood, 3.50 
Francis Hosmer, 3.50 
L. S. Hosmer, 3.50 
C. A. Hunter, 3,50 
L. A. Hesselton, 3.50 

F. J. Hastings, 7.00 
F. W. Hoit, 3.50 
A. H. Jones, 3.50 

E. Jones, 7.00 
C. M. Kimball, 3.50 
George R. Keyes, 3.50 
Mrs. M. E. Lathrope, 3.50 
Samuel Mentzer, 1.75 
J. D. Moulton, 3.50 
Albert Moulton, 3.50 
Frank Merriam, 3.50 
A. C. Piper, 3.50 
C. S. Simonds, 3.50 
Edwin Tarbell, 3.50 
Mrs. Charlotte Tolman, 3.50 
C. G. Turner, ' 3.50 

F. Z. Taylor, 3.50 



TOWN OF ACTON. 31 

Tuttle & Newton, $3.50 

Universalist Society, 3.50 

George Worster, 7.00 

W. S. Warren, 3.50 



$579.25 



Loans and Interest. 

Paid First Nat. Bank of Ayer, (notes), $5,000.00 

" " " " " (int. on notes), 70.00 

Nettie A. Bowen, 1 yr. int. on $1,000 note, 50.00 
F. H. Jones, int. on $700 note from June 15, 1898 

to March 15, 1900, 61.25 
F. H. Jones, int. on $600 note from April 27, 1898 

to Feb. 27, 1900, 55.00 



$5,236.25 



Support of Poor on Farm. 



Paid Moses Thompson 


, labor, 


$325.00 


(( u 


fish bought, 


3.93 


u a 


tapping shoes, 


.60 


u a 


horseradish bought, 


.10 


it ■(( 


corn " 


.20 


u it 


cider " 


.23 


it it 


pr. rubber gloves bought, 


1,25 


it it 


repairing harness, 


.25 


11 it 


J. E. Durkee, 


1.00 


Jas. McDermott, 


labor, 


3.50 


Jas. Shannon, 


u 


13.20 


Graham Greenough, " 


10.00 


Frank Hyde, 


(I 


8.50 


McGrath, 


(t 


1.00 


Daniel Reardon, 


li 


5.00 


A. Skebetzy, 


(I 


103.93 


A. W. Foster, 


(I 


28.87 


T. Welch, 


(I 


11.66 



32 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



J. W. Livermore, work of horse, $4.00 

F. J. Hastings & Co., grain, 139.98 

E. C. Parker & Co., " 235.33 
George C. Durkee, cow, 55.00 

0. H. Forbush, " 52.50 

F. J. Barker, medical attendance on Eben Jones, 8.50 

" Sarah Hunt, , 1.00 

" Thos. Morey, 2.75 

C. W. Livingston, soft soap, 6.00 

W. H. Livingston, barrels, 18.75 

1. F. Duren, casket for Eben Jones, 15.00 
I. F. Duren, " " Thos. Morey, 15.00 

E. Jones & Co., coal, 18.56 
M. E. Taylor & Co., goods, 408.66 

.Turtle & Newton, " 55.83 

Tuttles, Jones & Wetherbee, goods, 17.42 

W. E. Whitcomb, meat, 50.06 

Harrod & Harlow, " 39.78 

Elnathan Jones, bed and bedding, 13.23 

Clarence E. Switzer, blacksmith, 15.00 

J. E. Rice, repairing pump, 1.50 

J. Sterling Moore, meat, 20.31 

$1,712.38 

Outside Poor. 

Paid Worcester Insane Hospital, support of Anna Parlin, $169.46 

" Asylum, " " Clara Wheeler, 169.46 

Westboro Insane Hospital, " " F. H. Harris, 52.93 

Town of Clinton, aid for Daniel Reddy, 9.00 

W. F. Stevens, expenses to Natick and Westboro, 5.83 

F. E. Tasker, medical attendance on H. Edson, 15.00 
W. A. Flint, care of H. Edson, 28.25 
J. A. Hayward, " " " 14.00 
J. E. Richardson, " " " 5.00 
H. T. Clark, burial expenses of H. Edson, 35.00 
F. J. Barker, medical attendance on Patrick 

Sherry, 12.50 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



33 



D. C. Harris, expenses, 
W. F. Stevens, 

Jeremiah McCarthy, care of Patrick Sherry, 21 
days, 

Worcester Insane Hospital, support of Elizabeth 
Bergendahl, 



Cemetery Expenses. 

Paid Julian Tuttle, for labor, 

Wilfred Wheeler, for plants, 
Shady Hill Nursery, for shrubbery, 
M. D. Jones & Co., 4 garden borders, 
John Fletcher, freight on shrubbery, 
F. W. Green, for labor, 
N. Littlefield, 
A. E. Lawrence, " 
F. E. Harris, " and stock, 

Albert Batley, for plants, 
Albert Perkens, for labor, 
J. E. Rice, for pump and repairing, 
George G. Keith, for repairing pump, 
" 2 watering pots, 

" " 1 pail, 

H. T. Clark, use of roller, 



Repairs on Town Buildings and Grounds. 

Paid Frank E. Harris, repairs on West school house, 

" " Centre 

" " library, 

" " " " town farm, 

George G. Keith, " " Centre school pump, 

" " " at Library, 

" " on Centre school house, 



$5.52 
6.48 

42.00 

$570.43 

185.42 

$655.85 



$149.85 

15.63 

46.00 

2.40 

1.77 

74.50 

79.34 

10.35 

4.37 

16.90 

4.50 

8.00 

2.35 

2.75 

.50 

2.00 

$422.21 



$15.34 

426.75 

5.10 

4.68 

3.50 

33.36 

12.75 

8.20 



34 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Traverse E. Schumaker, repairs at library, $165.00 

Thomas Scanlon, work on West school grounds, 8.00 

R. H. Nichols, work on town pump, 14.11 

" " repairs on West school house, 52.90 

" Centre " 2.05 

J. E. Rice " " " " 25.05 

" " " at town farm, 112.25 

T. F. McGam, for library, 13.50 

E. Houghton, work at library, 3.30 

Francis Jones, repairs at library, 7.00 

" " " " and school house, 3.70 

West school house, 30.69 

Centre " 65.18 

South " 38.56 

J. L. Hammet Co., 1.05 

Julian Tuttle, work on Centre school house and 

• grounds, 18.55 

Wm. B. Davis, repairs at town farm, 18.47 

" " library, * • 1.25 

" " " " Centre school house, 1.40 

H. T. Clark, repairs on West school house. 33.29 

Albert Moulton, labor on South school grounds, 7.50 

E. Jones & Co., lumber for farm, 39.35 

E. Jones & Co., lumber for library, 9.40 

♦ J. L. Hammett Co., repairs on school houses, 38.30 

E. Jones & Co., lumber, 26.06 

Samuel Jones, Jr., repairs of South school house, 119.88 

W. H. Kingsley, work on Centre school grounds, 14.50 

C. E. Brodeur, repairs on town hall, 107.06 

Moses A. Reed, work on Centre school grounds, 5.50 

Robert Wayne, work at town farm. 15.75 

C. J. Williams, for repairs on Centre school house, 4.10 

W. P. Lapham, repairs on library, 1.50 

W. P. Lapham, repairs on Centre school house, 5.80 

John S. Hoar, repairs on West school house, 3.00 

Fred S. Whitcomb, work on West school grounds, 3.60 

Tuttle & Newton, paint stock for town hall, 16.00 

W. S. Kelly, repairs on West school house, 1.00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



35 



Estate Isaiah Hutchins, West school house, 
E. Z. Taylor, repairs on South school house, 
H. F. Tuttle, repairs on Centre school house, 
O. D. Wood, repairs on library, 
M. E. Taylor, repairs on Centre school house, 
E. Jones, for repairs at farm, 



$8.05 
1.75 
.35 
6.90 
2.32 
3.48 

$1,566.13 



Town Officers. 



Paid Horace F. Tuttle, clerk, 

J. K. W. Wetherbee, treasurer, 
E. Faulkner Conant, selectman, 
Wm. F. Stevens, " 

David C. Harris, 
James B. Tuttle, assessor, 
Wm. F. Stevens, " 

D. James Wetherbee, assessor, 
David C. Harris, overseer of poor, 

E. Faulkner Conant, overseer of poor, 
Wm. F. Stevens, overseer of poor, 
Horace F. Tuttle, school committee, 
Horace F. Tuttle, registrar of voters, 
Samuel A. Guilford, registrar of voters, 
Julian Tuttle, " " 
James McGreen, " " 
C. J. Williams, school committee, 

T. F. Newton, election officer, 

H. J. Hapgood, " " 

L. E. Reed, 

N. J. Cole, 

H. F. Tuttle, 

L. C. Taylor, 

E. A. Phalen, " " 

A. W. Foster, " " 

W. F. Kelly, 

James Kinsley, " " 



$30.00 

85.00 

95.00 

50.00 

50.00 

50.00 

30.00 

30.00 

50.00 

25.00 

15.00 

15.00 

15.00 

12.00 

12.00 

12.00 

76.55 

2.50 

2.50 

2.50 

2.50 

2.50 

2.50 

2.50 

2.50 

2.50 

2.50 



86 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



D. H. Hall, election officer, . $2.50 
C. B. Stone, " " ' 2.50 

E. A. Phalen, sealer of weights and measures, 6.00 
Moses A. Reed, constable, 13.25 
Lorenzo E. Reed, constable, 40.00 
Andrew S. Thompson, superintendent of schools, 450.00 
Wm. F. Stevens, collector of taxes, 150.00 
Moses A. Reed, inspector of animals, 47.50 
Wm. F. Stevens, constable, 2.00 

F. W. Hoit, auditor, 6.00 

$1,397.30 



Printing. 



Paid Enterprise Co., 
A. Hosmer, 
Wright and Potter, 



$88.25 

20.25 

1.50 

$110.00 



Repairs on Roads and Bridges. 



Paid N. Littlefield, 
Wm. Kingsley, 
A. C. Piper, 
Francis Pratt, 
H. A. Gould, 
Samuel Jones, Jr., 
T. Scanlon, 
Tuttle and Newton, incidentals, 

E. Jones & Co., lumber, 

F. J. Hastings & Co., pipe, 
C. E. Switzer, blacksmith, 
W. F. Hale, 

Samuel Guilford, " 

Mrs. H. M. Brown, gravel, 

Mrs. George W. Clark, " 

F. H. Whitcomb, 

George C. Durkee, " 



$1,494.43 

1,233.96 

618.71 

54.75 

5.60 

16.20 

1.00 

1.26 

47.52 

17.50 

5.55 

10.40 

11.01 

17.80 

23.65 

1.60 

1.85 



TOWN OF ACTON. 37 

Jerry McCarthy, gravel, $6.30 

Estate of John Fletcher, " 2.95 

O. A. Knowlton, " 3.60 



$3,575.64 

Soldiers' Relief. 

Paid C. W. Smith, medical attendance on W. F. B. Whit- 
ney, $45.50 

City of Marlborough, aid for W. F. B. Whitney, 80.40 

F. J. Barker, medical attendance on A. B. Wheeler, 20.00 

" Mrs. R.C.Wright, 8.00 

Estate of Isaiah Hutchins, medical attendance on Mrs. 

R. C. Wright, 4.25 

Estate of Isaiah Hutchins, medical attendance on A. 

B. Wheeler, 7.00 

H. T. Clark, burial expenses of Chas. A. Brooke, 35.00 



$200.15 



Miscellaneous Expenses. 

Paid Commonwealth of Massachusetts, overpaid on Cor- 
poration Tax, 10.01 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, overpaid on Nation- 
al Bank Tax, 9.88 
F. C. Nash, services 1898, 25.00 
Francis Pratt, breaking out roads, 1.00 
George Greenough, 3180 lbs. coal for hall, 9.86 
C. L. Bradford, attending Registrar's meeting, 2.25 
W. S. Kelly, painting sand table, .75 
A. S. Thompson, cards for Reports, 1.00 
L. E. Reed, Court fees, 39.02 
George Decoster, repairing clock, 1.00 
R. H. Nichols, work on pump, 4.70 
W. W. Cain & Co., 1 table, 7.00 
J. Breck & Sons, repairing lawn mower, 1.80 
Thos. Grooms & Son, 3 books, 3.75 



88 ANNUAL REPORTS 

D. J. Wetherbee, insurance on library, $72.50 
S. A. Christie, cleaning and painting clock, 2.00 
George Greenough, use of team at fire, 2.00 
Isaac Davis Post, 50.00 
Chandler's Chair and Desk Co., desks for south and 

west primary schools, 24.98 

C. H. Persons, tuning piano, 2.00 

" " cover for piano, 2.00 

J. L. Hammett Co., ink wells, 1.30 

" 1 oak desk, 10.50 

George G. Keith, repairs on stoves, 4.85 

Oak Hall Clothing Co., flags, 1.50 

Horace Partridge, •< 3.89 

W. H. Kingsley, work on Cash road, 69.00 

. Elnathan Jones, land for " " 60.00 
Thomas Scanlon, attending Registrar's meetings and 

election, 2.50 

Boston Herald, advertising, 4.45 

Globe " 4.88 

Paine Furniture Co., 6.25 

J. B. Tuttle, for poll tax list, 6.00 

" " making poll tax list, 5.00 

" " expenses, 2.75 

W. F. Stevens, 2 books, , 3.25 

1.30 

James Hill, care of hall, 91.50 

George Tyler & Co., 2 sections for scraper, 8.00 

Elnathan Jones, 1 book, 2.25 

Moses A. Reed, moving N. A. school furniture, 10.35 

I. F. Duren, burial expenses of unknown man, 10.00 

J. L. Hammett Co., desk and shoes, 16.50 

F. J. Barker, medical attendance on unknown man, 5.00 

E. Jones & Co., 511 ft. lumber Cash road, 9.20' 

" 3 posts, 2.25 

H. T. Clark, burial expenses of Chas. A. Brooke, 35.00 

F. D. Weld, 54 ft. ladders for No. Acton, 6.75 
Daniel Beach, digging well at So. Acton, 90.07 
Herbert Hale " " " 19.40 



TOWN OF ACTON. 39 

Waldo Bros., pipe for wells, $32.86 
Fitchburg R. R. Co., freight on pipe, 5.78 
N. Littlefield, extra bridge work on Leland & Ste- 
vens' road, 44.06 
N. Littlefield, stone for bridge on Leland & Stevens' 

road, 27.60 

J. W. Henderson, pump and pipe for So. Acton well, 25.85 

Daniel Beach, lowering well on Common, 132.63 

Bert. Johnson, " " " 4.50 

J. L. Hammett Co., flag for school house, 5.10 

Michael E. Sheehan, for damages on powder mill road, 20.00 

Tuttle & Newton, 24 fire pails for No. Acton, 6.00 

W. F. Hale, sharpening tools, 2.40 

D. C. Harris, stone bounds for Cash road, 3.00 
J. Breck & Sons, plow for road work, 31.50 
Universalist Society, So. Acton, use of vestry for elec- 
tion, 3.00 

N. Littlefield, for tools, 1.70 

" " powder, fuse and caps, # 3.06 

C. J. Holton, photographs of unknown man, 3.00 

J. R. Wales, rebinding assessor's books, 9.00 

E. Jones & Co., lumber, cement and brick for wells, 8.99 
James Kinsley, use of road, 8.00 
Samuel Guilford, 54 posts for cash road 17.00 

" " sharpening tools for Cash road, 1.64 

1 drill, 2.80 

H. T. Clark, for 1 lamp registrar's room, W. Acton, 4.00 

VV. F. Stevens, postage and express, 2.30 

C. F. Watts, care engine house, E. Acton, 3.50 

" " repairing ladders, 1.50 

Estate Isaiah Hutchins, expenses school committee, 1.65 

Samuel Jones, Jr., 1.95 

R. H. Nichols, pump and pipe for Centre well, 28.70 

W. S. Greenough & Co., files for town records, 10.25 

Daniel Goodnow, reporting 4 births, 1.00 

F. E. Tasker, •' 11 " 2.75 
F. J. Barker, " 14 " 3.50 
F.U.Rich, " 4 " 1.00 



40 ANNUAL REPORTS 



J.L. 


Pickard 


" 1 " 


$ .25 


Robert S. Robson, seal and press, 


9.00 


C. H 


. Goldthwaithe & Co., 1 formaldehyde lamp, 


25.00 


a 


" 21 qts. 


4.80 


F. W 


. Green 


, care of engine house, 


2.00 


a 


a 


attending fire, 


1.00 


C. L. 


Bradford, express on powder, 


.40 


J. F. 


Duren, 


return of 29 deaths, 


7.25 


tt 


a 


28 burials, 


84.00 


Paid Charles Edwards, mowing Common, 


$1.25 


A. S. 


Thompson, stationery and expenses, 


13.65 


George Greenough, 2480 lbs. coal for hall, 


7.44 


George Greenough, attending fire, 


2.00 


C.J. 


Williams for repairing clock, 


.75 


a 


a 


" postage, 


6.46 


a 


a 


" expenses, 


5.50 


it 


tt 

• 


" telephone 


1.75 


a 


a 


" express, 


.50 


a 


tt 


" freight, 


3.59 


Enterprise Co., advertising, 


2.50 


H. F 


Tuttle, 


extra Registrar meetings, 


5.00 


a 


a 


copying records for Town Reports, 


2.00 


a 


a 


collecting and recording 34 births, 


17.00 


it 


a 


recording. 33 deaths, 


6.60 


ti 


a 


" 15 marriages, 


3.00 


tt 


a 


transmitting certificate of death, 


.25 


a 


a 


attending town clerk meeting at Ayer, 


1.50 


tt 


it 


ink for ballot box, 


.75 


it 


a 


election supplies, 


.20 


n 


a 


time and expenses to Boston, 


2.50 


tt 


a 


repairs on registration box, 


.35 


a 


a 


blanks, 


.80 


a 


a 


postage, 


1.30 


a 


a 


express, 


2.30 


tt 


tt 


surveying lots in cemetery and making 






deeds 


5 


5.00 


M. E 


. Taylor 


& Co., oil for hall, 


6.25 


a 


a 


" watering pot for hall, 


.60 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



41 



M. E. Taylor & Co., chimneys, for hall, 
brush, " « 

" " " incidentals, " " 

F. S. Blanchard & Co., 1 book, 
J. F. Fuller & Co., 25 lbs. disinfectant powder, 

D. J. Wetherbee, taking school census, 
Elanthan Jones, curtains for schoolhouse, 

" " 1 chair, South school, 

" " 2 chairs, South school, 

'• " 4 screens, 

J. T. & R. E. Joslin, for legal advice, 
Ella F. Hosmer, rent of Central hall, 6 months, 
Town of Maynard for lodging and feeding prisoner, 
J. R. Wales, rebinding assessors' books, 
W. F. Stevens, abatement on taxes, 
J. K. W. Wetherbee, for stationery and postage, 

E. F. Conant, express and telephone, 
E. F. Conant, expenses, 

W. H. Kingsley. tools for roads, 
W. H. Kingsley, 



Receipts and Appropriations. 



$1.00 

.20 

1.84 

3.00 

1.75 

15.00 

5.59 

1.00 

2.74 

1.12 

39.30 

62.50 

2.25 

19.00 

81.75 

7.49 

14.46 

16.59 

11.85 

2.25 

$1,752.93 



Balance due from Treasurer, March 12, 

1899, $1,570.89 

" " from Collector, March 12, 

1899, 2,288.81 

Appropriations for high school, 1,600.00 

For common schools, 3,400.00 

School supplies, 475.00 
School apparatus and books of reference, 100.00 

Memorial Library, 600.00 

Town charges, 5,000.00 

Overlayings, 538.57 

Road and bridges, 3,000.00 

Transportation of East scholars, 360.00 

" South " 270.00 



42 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Transportation of North scholars, 


$240.00 


" " South and West Gram- 




mar scholars, 


240.00 


Salary Superintendent of Schools, 


450.00 


Received from First Nat. Bank of Ayer, 


5,000.00 


State Treasurer, Corporation tax, 


4,031.78 


" Nat. Bank tax, 


222.54 


" " Military aid, 


91.25 


State aid, 


612.00 


" " Income Mass., School 




Fund, 


294.38 


" Treasurer for inspection of animals, 


46.57 


County Treasurer, dog tax, 


241.53 


" " Supervision of schools, 


375.00 


From Band of Little Helpers, for use 




of hall, 


5.00 


C. H. Fairbanks, for road, 


100.00 


Town of Littleton for stone bounds, 


4.00 


E. Gruber, pedlar's license, 


6.00 


Max Saxenopsky, pedlar's license, 


6.00 


Middlesex Central District Court, for 




fines, 


17.75 


Income on Wilde Memorial Fund, 


186.35 


J. P. Brown, fire engine, 


15.00 


D. C. Harris, for engine hose, 


10.00 


Town of Westford for desks, 


11.25 


Town of Boxboro, tuition high school, 


30.00 


John Fletcher, lot sold in Woodlawn 




Cemetery, 


40.00 


H. F. Tuttle, lot sold in Woodlawn 




Cemetery, 


12.00 


D. C. Harris, milk sold from farm, 


859.74 


" " apples, 


700.10 


" " 5 cows, 


94.58 


" " potatoes, 


21.70 


" " calves, 


15.35 


" " poultry, 


7.62 


eggs, 


12.82 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



43 



A. F. Blanchard, license to slaughter, $1.00 

J. E. Durkee, " " 1.00 

Library catalagues, sold, 3.50 

Library fines, 16.50 

Rent of Town Hall and cellar, 63.75 

W. H. Kingsley, road cleanings, 9.50 

C. J. Williams, for school supplies sold, 3.29 

Appropriation for State tax, 870.00 

" County tax, 1,572.03 

Rec'd of William F. Stevens, interest on taxes 

for 1898, 87.73 
William F. Stevens, interest on taxes 



for 1899, 


12.61 


Interest on money in bank, 


63.50 




tfQfS 007 QQ 






Expenditures. 




support of Centre school, 


$1,167.83 


" " North " 1 term, 


132.00 


" South 


1,286.69 


t, a West 


1,321.83 


" High 


1,684.99 


Scientific apparatus, 


98.11 


School supplies, 


486.50 


Transportation of scholars, 


850.60 


Memorial library, 


755.25 


State and military, 


938.50 


Street Lamps, 


579.25 


Loans and interest, 


5,236.25 


Support of poor on farm, 


1,712.38 


" " outside poor, 


655.85 


Cemetery expenses, 


422.21 


Repairs on buildings and grounds, 


1,566.13 


Town officers, 


1,397.30 


Printing, 


110.00 


Roads and bridges, 


3,575.64 


Soldier's relief, 


200.15 



44 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Miscellaneous expenses, 
State tax, 
County tax, 
Balance due from Treasurer, 
" Collector, 



1,752.93 

870.00 
1,572.03 
4,697.88 
2,837.69 



$35,907.99 



Financial Standing of Town March 12, 1900. 



Nettie A. Bowen, note, 

Int. from Dec. 6, 1899 to March 12, 1900, 

F. H. Jones, note, 

F. H. Jones, note, 

Int. on |600, from Feb. 27 to March 12, 

Amount due from Treasurer, 
" " " Collector, 
Int. due on unpaid taxes, 



Less notes payable, 

Less amount due Memorial Library, 
Balance in favor of town, 



$1,000.00 

13.33 

700.00 

600.00 

1.00 

$4,697.88 

2,837.69 

59.59 

$7,595.16 
$2,314.33 

$5,280.83 
50.38 

$5,230.45 



$2,314.33 



E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 
DAVID C. HARRIS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



Examined and approved, 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Auditor. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



45 



LIST OF JURORS. 

The following is a list of persons to serve as jurors for.the ensuing 
year, as revised by the Selectmen of Acton, to be submitted to said 
town at their March meeting, 1900 : 



A. P. Bean, 
Walter M. French, 
David T. Kinsley, 

E. L. Hayward, 
Edgar H. Hall, 
Lowell A. Jones, 
John C. Keyes, 
Hanson A. Littlefield, 

F. P. Morse, 
Chas. H. Mead, 
John D. Moulton, 
S. L. Richardson, 
Moses A. Reed, 
E. F. Richardson, 
Wm. F. Stevens, 
Henry M. Smith, 

S. Hammond Taylor, 
Horace F. Tuttle, 
Jas. B. Tuttle, 
Willis L. Mead, 
H. J. Hapgood, 
Constantine O'Neil, 
Herbert T. Clark, 
Julian Tuttle, 



Mechanic. 

Farmer. 

Railroad employee. 

Mechanic. 

Manufacturer. 

Farmer. 
tt 

Merchant. 
Farmer. 
Merchant. 
Farmer. 



Railroad employee. 

Retired. 

Farmer. 

Wheelwright. 

Farmer. 

E. FAULKNER CON ANT, 
WM. F. STEVENS, 
DAVID C. HARRIS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



Acton, March 12, 1900. 



46 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Report of Road Commissioners 



It seems to us proper and a necessity that the Road Commission- 
ers should have a report to show the citizens what has been done, 
the expense of different pieces of work, and to recommend the 
needs of this department, for it is one of the most important branches 
of town business. 

We submit the following report : The amount expended for 1899 
is $3,575.64, which exceeds the appropriation, caused by the heavy 
rains which did a great deal of damage to the roads and bridges. 

The cost of scraping the roads, and picking the cobbles at the 
time of scraping, for 1899 is $495.35. 

There has been some good work done in different parts of the 
town. In the West district the work was done mostly on the back 
roads. 

On the gravel pit road 64 rods were ploughed out and filled with 
stone, then covered with 6 inches of giavel, 52 rods were covered 
with 6 to 8 inches of gravel. Two new sluices were made and 
some repaired. The expense was $291.97. 

On the Littleton road seven days graveling was done. The cost 
was- $110.25 ; $81 was expended on Town Farm hills and $50 on the 
South Acton road. 

In the southern part of the town the job on the center road is 
worthy of notice. The total amount laid out while doing this piece 
of work was $600. The road was lowered from twelve to eigh- 
teen inches, twenty-two feet wide, this material was used on different 
pieces of road, we thmk to the value of $150, at least, to the town. 
Mr. Fairbanks voluntarily gave $100 for the repairing of this 
road. The material used in building this piece of road was 6 to 8 
inches of coarse stone, two inches of fine stone and 6 inches of 



TOWN OF ACTON. 47 

gravel, the gravel was drawn 1^ miles. The cost to the town after 
deducting the value of material and the gift was $350. Amount of 
material used was 300 loads of stone and 300 loads of gravel. 
Number of rods in length, 54. 

Another bad place was fixed near the house of Mrs. H. Haynes 
on the Concord road. Two feet of the hill were brought into the 
hollow and covered with six inches of gravel. This cost $179.50. 

Three hundred and seventy-four loads of gravel were used on the 
Concord road, and three large sluices were built in this district. 

The road was repaired near Faulkner Mills. One hundred loads 
of gravel were used, 104 feet of 8-inch drain' pipe, and catch basin 
was made. Cost was $140.17. 

There has been $75 to $80 expended for railing bridges and care- 
less places the past year. Also brush has been cut in many places, 
which is a great improvement to the roads. Not enough attention 
is given to the cleaning of the roadside. 

Thirty-five rods of thorough work was dune on road north of 
center, requiring a fill of one to four feet, costing $270. 

Twenty-three rods near Mr. King^ley's house were filled with 6 
inches of stone covered with 6 inches of gravel, cost $100. 

One hundred and fifty loads of gravel were put on the road from 
the center to cemetery, 100 loads in North Acton also. Several 
smaller jobs have been done in this part of the town. 

As the roads have been washed badly by the excessive rains this 
winter, we think that $500 will hardly put them in as good a con- 
dition as before. We recommend that $3,500 be raised for the 
repair of roads for 1900. 

The stone bridge at the Powder Mills has been damaged by the 
freshets so that the estimated cost of repairing it would be $300. 
Offers to build a new one two feet higher, giving more water space, 
and two feet wider, have been made for $600. The condition the 
bridge is now in we think it economy for the town to build a new 
one. 

The supply of gravel in Acton is getting very scarce, especially in 
the south and center where the roads are naturally muddy and need 
gravel very much. It seems almost too bad that we cannot have a 
stone crusher in Acton so that we could use the abundant supply of 



48 ANNUAL REPORTS 

stone which would be almost as cheap as gravel and a good deal 
better. 

We wish the use of crushed stone could be commenced this year 
as we shall have to use it sooner or later. An offer has been made 
the commissioners to crush two thousand tons for forty cents a ton, 
which we think would be money well expended. 

A number of our roads, we find, do not have any bounds estab- 
lished. It is important that they should. The road starting at 
railroad crossing, near Tuttle's store to West Acton, in particular, 
before the over-head bridge is made. We recommend that some 
action be taken. 

ANSON C. PIPER, 
WM. H. KINGSLEY, 
NAHUM LITTLEFIELD. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 49 



Treasurer's Report. 



• 

Receipts. 




1899. 




March 12, cash on hand, 


$1,570.89 


Received from the First National Bank of 




Ayer borrowed money, 


5,000.00 


State Treasurer, Corporation tax, 


4,031.78 


" " National Bank tax, 


222.54 


" State aid, 


612.00 


" " Soldiers aid, 


91.25 


" " Income of Massachu- 




setts school fund, 


294.38 


from State Treasurer, compensation for 




inspection of animals, 


46.57 


County Treasurer dog tax, 


241.53 


For supervision of schools, 


375.00 


From Band of Little Helpers for use of 




town hall, 


5.00 


C. H. Fairbanks for repairs on Acton 




street, 


100.00 


Town of Littleton, for stone bound on 




Cash road, 


4.00 


E. Gruber, for pedlar's license, 


6.00 


Max Saxenofsky, " " 


6.00 


Middlesex Central District Court, for 




fines, 


17.75 


J. P. Brown, for South Acton fire en- 




gine, 


15.00 


D. C. Harris, for second hand fire 




hose, 


10.00 



50 ANNUAL RFPORTS. 

Town of Westford, for 15 school desks, Si 1.25 
Town of Boxboro, tuition, High 

school, 30.00 
John Fletcher, lots sold in Woodlawn 

cemetery, 40.00 
Horace F. Tuttle, lots sold in Wood- 
lawn cemetery, . 12.00 
D. C. Harris, milk sold from town farm, 859.71 
" " apples sold from town farm, 700.10 
" " cows " " " 94.58 
calves " " " 15.35 
" " potatoes sold " " 21.70 
poultry " " u 7.62 
" " eggs " " " 12.82 
Arthur F. Blanchard, license to slaugh- 
ter, 1.00 
J. E. Durkee, license to slaughter, 1.00 
Income on Wild library fund, 186.35 
Memorial library, for catalogues sold, 3.50 
" fines, 16.50 
C. J. Williams, for school supplies sold. 3.29 
Wm. H. Kingsley, for street cleanings, 9.50 
Rent of town hall and cellar, 63.75 
William F. Stevens, collector of taxes 

for A. D., 1898, 2,288.81 
William F. Stevens, interest on taxes 

for A. D., 1898, 87.73 
William F. Stevens, collector of taxes 

for A. D., 1899, 15,877.91 

William F. Stevens, interest of taxes 

for A. D., 1899, 12.61 

Interest on monev in bank, 63.50 



$33,070.30 



TOWN OF ACTON. 51 



Expenditures. 



Paid State tax, $870.00 

County tax, 1,572.03 

On Selectmen's orders, 25,930.39 

Cash in Treasury March 12, 1900, 4,697.88 



$33,070.30 

J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



Approved, 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Auditor. 



52 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Treasurer's Report of Money Held for Care of Lots in 
Cemeteries. 



1900. Dr. 

March 12, to Mary Skinner, fund, 

Nancy K. Handley, " 

Frederick Rouillard, " 
William W. Davis, 
Mary W. Chaffin, 

Mary Severance, " 

Warren Robbins, " 

Eliza A. Whitcomb, " 

Hepsabeth Piper, " 
Jedediah Tuttle, 

Henry Loker, " 

Henry O. Lothrop, " 
Luther W. Piper, 

James Temple, " 
Cash received for interest, 



$203.00 

500.00 

100.00 

100.00 

100.00 

100.00 

100.00 

75.00 

50.00 

50.00 

100.00 

200.00 

100.00 

100.00 

30.56 



By cash paid — 


Cr. 




Julian 


Tuttle, care of Robbins lot, $2.50 


a 


it 


' Handley ' 


6.00 


<< 


a 


' Rouillard ' 


2.50 


i( 


a 


' Chaffin ' 


2.50 


(( 


a 


Severance ' 


2.50 


" 


tt 


' Tuttle ' 


1.00 


it 


a 


1 Skinner ' 


4.00 


a 


tt 


' Loker ' 


1.50 


a 


a 


1 Davis ' 


5.00 


By cash in 


North End 


Savings Bank, 


$1,678.00 


on 


hand, 




200.00 


Balance unexpended, 




3.06 



$1,908.56 



$1,908.56 

J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



Approved, 

FRANK W. HOIT, Auditor. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



53 



Report of Wild Memorial Library Fund. 
Dr. 



1900. 




March 12, To cash deposited in North End 




Savings Bank, 


$1,000.00 


To cash deposited in Middlesex Insti- 




tution for Savings, 


1,000.00 


To cash deposited in Home Savings 




Bank, 


1,000.00 


To cash deposited in Warren Institu- 




tion for Savings, 


1,000.00 


To cash deposited in Charlestown Five 




Cent Savings Bank, 


1,000.00 


Unexpended balance, A. D,, 1898, 


17.82 


Interest received on deposits, 


186.35 


Town appropriation, 


200.00 


Cash received for fines, 


16.50 


" " catalogues sold, 


3.50 



$5,424.17 



Cr. 



By cash in banks, 


$5,000.00 




Paid for books and magazines, 






DeWolfe, Fiske & Co., 


326.99 




W. A. Wilde & Co., 


10.00 




Henry D. Noyes & Co., 


34.45 




William D. Tuttle, 


2.35 




Balance unexpended, 


50.38 








$5,424.17 



J. K. W. WETHERBEE, 

Treasurer of Acton. 



Approved, 

FRANK W. HOIT, 

Auditor 



54 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Report of Overseers of Poor, 



Articles on Hand at Town Farm March 1, 1900. 

1 horse, $50.00 
10 cows, 575.00 

2 heifers, 40.00 
2 yearlings, 30.00 
1 hay wagon, 30.00 
1" market wagon, 75.00 
1 buggy, 18.00 

1 pung, 8.00 

2 sleds, 9.00 
1 canvas, 1.75 
1 double harness, 22.50 
1 single " 3.00 

1 express " 23.00 

2 collars, 3.00 
grain, 8.00 

1 feed trough, 2.00 

80 barrels, 16.00 

plows, 16.50 

farming tools, , 20.00 

wheelbarrow, 3.00 

1 hay cutter, i 2.00 
ladders, 11.00 

2 harrows, 8.00 
1 cultivator, 3.00 

9J tons hay, 171.00 

pipe, 4.80 

112 bushels potatoes, 72.80 

soft soap, 3.00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 55 

fence wire, $ 3.00 

3^ cords of wood for schools, 18.75 

31 « cut wood, 155.00 

5 " " " 17.50 

1 horse cart, 27.50 

1 " rake, 18.00 

1 mowing machine, 25.00 

1 grindstone, 2.00 

1 spray pump, 8.00 

25 bushel boxes, 2.50 

1 range, 30.00 

1 lounge, 1.50 

coal, . 2.00 

3 saws, 2.00 

1 wrench, .75 

41 hens, 30.75 

oil and tank, 1.50 

lumber, 7.50 

pails and tubs, 3.00 

5 baskets, 1.25 

1 stove, 4.75 

1 chair,' 1.50 

1 stove, 10.00 

2 chairs, 1.26 
beds and bedding, 25.00 

1 stove, 3.00 

2 cabinet chairs, 2.50 
1 table, 1.00 
8 chairs, 3.00 

1 drag, 2.50 

2 traps, .50 
2 blankets, 3.00 
1 set measures, 1.40 

salt, , .50 

20 gallons oil, 12.00 

1 washing machine, 8.00 



tea, 



.60 



coffee, -67 



56 ANNUAL REPORTS 



crackers, 




$2.00 


canned fruit, 




3.00 


brooms, 




.50 


fruit jars, 




3.00 


sugar, 




.55 


flour, 




3.50 


spices, 




.50 


5 lbs. butter, 




1.50 


lard, 




.30 


molasses, 




.25 


beans, 




.50 


axe, 




1.00 


soap, 




.15 


vinegar, 




.20. 


• onions, 




.10 


lamps, 




2.00 


1 razor, 




1.00 




$1,688.07 


Receipts from farm, 




1,711.91 


Work on Cash Road, 




4.00 


Vitualing and lodging 3( 


53 tramps, 


90.75 




3,494.73 


Expenditures, 




$1,712.38 


Interest on farm $3500. 


at 5 per cent., 


175.00 


Stock on hand March 1. 


. 1899, 


1,717.35 




3,604.73 


Less receipts and stock 


on hand, 


3,494.73 



Cost of supporting poor on farm, $110.00 



Examined and approved, 

FRANK W. HOIT, Auditor. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



Inmates at Farm During Year. 



Sarah Hunt, 

Lucy Hapgood, 

Frank H. Harris, 

Eben Jones, from March 12 to May 9, 1899, 

Thomas Morey, from March 12 to Dec. 30, 1899. 

Wm. Quinlan, " Dec. 6, 1899 to Mar. 12, 1900. 



DAVID C. HARRIS, 
WM. F. STEVENS, 
E. F. CONANT, 

Overseers of Poor. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



TRUSTEES 



OF THE 



Acton Memorial Library, 



1899-1900 



TOWN OF ACTON. 61 



Reports of Acton nemorial Library. 



The trustees of the Acton Memorial library herewith present their 
tenth annual report. After ten years of constant use the interior of 
the library has been thoroughly renovated and all parts present a 
pleasing and harmonious effect. 

While the circulation is less than that of the year previous, this is 
partly accounted for by the closing of the library during two library 
days while the interior work was being done. 

The new books for the year have been in especial demand and to 
those upon whom the duty of selecting and purchasing has fallen, 
should be given much credit. 

The Board of Trustees would recommend the same appropriation 
as in years past ; $200 for new books and $400 for current expenses. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LUTHER CONANT, 

For the Trustees. 



LIBRARIAN'S REPORT. 



The librarian herewith presents the tenth annual report of the 
library : 

Accessions : Number of volumes in the library March 12, 1*99, 
6627 ; increase by purchase, 300 ; increase by gift, 52 ; increase by 
binding periodicals, 25 ; number of volumes in the library March 
12, 1900, 7,004. 

Circulation : Number of days the library was open, 100 ■ number 
of volumes circulated, 8,578; average daily circulation, 85; largest 



62 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



daily circulation, March 25, 160 j smallest daily circulation, June 14, 
14; amount received for fines, $16.50; amount received from sale 
of catalogues, $3.50. 

No munificent gifts of historical or artistic merit have been re- 
ceived except a pair of ornamental cuff-buttons worn by Solomon 
Smith at the Concord fight, presented by his son, the late Luke 
Smith. 

Gifts of books have been received from the following people : 
Luke Blanchard, 2 vols. ; W. G. Chase, 1 vol. ; Luther Conant, 1 
vol.; Mrs. Luther Conant, 1 vol.; J. M. Harlow, M. D., 2 vols.; 
Samuel Hoar, 1 vol.; Hon. H. L. Parker, 1 vol.; C. J. Williams, 15 
vols. 

Gifts from libraries, institutions, etc. : American league associa- 
tion ; Boston city hospital ; Concord free public library ; city of 
Fall River • Home market club ; Institute of Technology ; town of 
Lexington ■ Library bureau, Chicago ; Massachusetts Agricultural 
college ; Commonwealth of Massachusetts ; Massachusetts Volunteer 
Aid association ; Massachusetts Total Abstinence society ; city of 
Maiden ; Maiden public library ; trustees of Public Reservations ; 
United States (various department) ; University of California ; Win- 
throp public library. 

Periodicals in the reading room. CasselPs Magazine, town fund ; 
Century, town fund ; Chautauqua, town fund ; Child's Hour, W. A. 
Wilde ; Cosmopolitan, town fund ; Forum, town fund ; Har- 
per's Magazine, town fund ; Harper's Weekly, town fund ; 
Ladies' Home Journal, town fund; Lowell Mail, Publishers; 
McClure's Magazine, town fund; Munsey's Magazine, town 
fund ; New England Magazine, town fund ; Our Dumb Animals, 
M. S. P. C. A. ; Our Paper, Reformatory ; Review of Reviews, 
town fund; Scientific American, town fund ; Scribner's Magazine, 
town fund ; St. Nicholas, town fund ; Youth's Companion, town 
fund. 

VIOLA S. TUTTLE, 

Librarian. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



AND THE 



Superintendent of Schools 



OF THE 



TOWN OK ACTON, MASS. 
For the Year 1899=1900. 




<&J A,J < t« ( U|||fr~«..>.«, -S a> 



HUDSON, MASS.: 

THE ENTERPRISE PRINTING COMPANY 

1900 



TOWN OF ACTON. 65 



School Organization 



School Committee. 



Horace F. Tuttle, Secretary, Term expires 1900 

* Dr. Isaiah Hutchins, " " 1901 

Charles J. Williams, Chairman, ' " « 1902 

Superintendent of Schools. 
Andrew S. Thomson, Residence, Littleton, Mass. 

Truant Officers. 

James Kinsley, Moses A. Reed. 

Charles L. Bradford. 



* Deceased. 



STANDING RULES. 

Rule 1. Children under five years of age shall not be admitted 
to the public schools. 

Rule 2. Pupils shall be promoted from grade to grade and 
school to school, according to merit. Thorough and satisfactory 
work will be required of pupils in a lower grade or school before 
entering a higher grade or school. 

Rule 3. Children who have not previously attended any school 
shall be admitted to the public schools only at the beginning of the 
fall term. 

Rule 4. Pupils will be held responsible for books loaned to them 
until such books shall have been returned to the teacher. 

Rule 5. No repairs shall be made upon the public property in 
the care of the School committee except by their authorized agents. 



66 ANNUAL REPOR'IS 



School Calendar, 1900=1901 



High School — 40 weeks. 



Fall term begins Sept. 4th. 
ends Nov. 28th. 
*Winter term begins Dec. 3rd. 

" ends March 15 th, 

Spring term begins March 25th, 
" ends June 21st. 



Common Schools — 36 weeks. 



Fall term begins Sept. 4th. 

" ends Nov. 23rd. 

*Winter term begins Dec. 3rd. 

" ends March 1st. 

Spring term begins March 25th. 
" ends June 14th. 



* Recess of 1 week — Christmas week. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 67 

EXTRACTS FROM THE STATUTES. 

Chapter 496, of the Acts of 1898. 

Section 11. No child who has not been duly vaccinated shall be 
admitted to a public school except upon presentation of a certifi- 
cate signed by a regular practising physician that such child is an 
unfit subject for vaccination. No child who is a member of a house- 
hold in which a person is sick with smallpox, diphtheria, scarlet fever 
or measles, or of a household exposed to contagion from a house- 
hold as aforesaid, shall attend any public school during such sickness 
or until the teacher of the school has been furnished with a certifi- 
cate from the board of health of the town or city, or from the 
attending physician of such sick person, stating in a case of small- 
pox, diphtheria or scarlet fever, that a period of at least two weeks, 
and in a case of measles a period of at least three days, has elapsed 
since the recovery, removal or death of such person, and that danger 
of the conveying of such disease by such child has passed. 

Sect. 12. Every child between seven and fourteen years of age 
shall attend some public day school in the town or city in which he 
resides during the entire time the public day schools are in session, 
subject to such exceptions as to children, places of attendance and 
schools as are provided for in sections three, seven, ten and eleven 
of this Act : provided, that the superintendent of schools, or, where 
there is no superintendent of schools, the school committee, or 
teachers acting under authority of said superintendent of schools or 
school committee, may excuse cases of necessary absence ; and 
provided, further, that the attendance of a child upon a public day 
school shall not be required if such a child has attended for a like 
period of time a private day school approved by the school commit- 
tee of such town or city in accordance with Section two of Chapter 
four hundred and ninety-eight of the acts of the year eighteen hun- 
dred and ninety-four, or if such child has been otherwise instructed 
for a like period of time in the branches of learning required by law 
to be taught in the public schools, or has already acquired the 
branches of learning required by law to be taught in the public 
schools, or if his physical or mental condition is such as to lender 
such attendance inexpedient or impracticable. Every person having 



08 ANNUAL REPORTS 

under his control a child as described in this Section shall cause 
such child to attend school as required by this Section. 

Sect. 31. Any person having under his control a child between 
seven and fourteen years of age who fails for five day sessions or ten 
half-day sessions within any period of six months while under such 
control, to cause such child to attend school as required by Section 
twelve of this Act, the physical or mental condition of such child 
not being such as to render his attendance at school harmful or 
impracticable, upon complaint by a truant officer and conviction 
thereof, shall forfeit and pay a fine of not more than twenty dollars. 
Any person who induces or attempts to induce any child to absent 
himself unlawfully from school, or employs or harbors while school 
is in session any child absent unlawfully from school, shall forfeit and 
pay a fine of not more than fifty dollars. 

Sect. 19. The several school teachers shall faithfully keep the 
registers of attendance daily, and make due return thereof to the 
school committee or to such person as such committee may designate. 
No teacher of a public school shall receive payment for services for 
the two weeks preceeding the close of any single term until the 
register, properly filled up and completed, is so returned. All regis- 
ters shall be kept at the schools, and at all times during the school 
hours shall be open to the inspection of the school committee, the 
superintendent of schools, the truant officers, and the secretary and 
agents of the state board of education. In reckoning the average 
membership and the percentage of attendance in the schools no 
pupil's name shall be omitted in counting the number of persons 
belonging to the school and the number of absences of such persons, 
until it is known that such pupil has withdrawn from the school 
without intention of returning, or, in the absence of such knowledge, 
until ten consecutive days of absence hive been recorded ; but 
nothing in this provision for computing the average membership and 
the percentage of attendance shall be construed to invalidate pro- 
cedure against habitual truants, absentees or school offenders, or 
other persons, as provided in Sections twenty-four to twenty-six 
inclusive, and Section thirty-one of this Act. A pupil who is no; 
present during at least half cf a session shall be marked and 
counted as absent for that session. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 69 



Report of the School Committee. 



To the Citizens of Acton : 

Your committee herewith respectfully submit their annual report 
upon the condition of the schools, in which is included that of the 
superintendent. We regret that we have to inform you that Mr. 
Andrew^ S. Thomson, superintendent of schools, having been ap- 
pointed superintendent at Weymouth, Mass., has tendered his resig- 
nation, to take effect April 1st. Mr. Thomson's work in our 
schools has been highly successful, and in accepting his resignation 
we relinquish the services of a most faithful and efficient executive. 

Mr. W. A. Charles, the principal of the high school, after a very 
successful administration of the affairs of that school during a term 
of six years, resigned his position at the close of the school year and 
Mr. Walter A. DeVault was selected to succeed him. 

Under Mr. DeVault, the condition of the school continues to be 
highly satisfactory. 

In the death, in August, 1899, of Dr. Isaiah Hutchins, a member 
of this committee, the town lost a faithful and devoted servant and 
the committee a most sincerely esteemed and respected member. 
The following resolutions were adopted by the board and ordered 
spread upon the records : 

Whereas, The recent death of Dr. Isaiah Hutchins has removed a 
member of this committee, 

Resolved, That we deem it proper to place on record our testi- 
mony to the pleasant and harmonious relations he sustained to us 
during the- many years he served on this Board, and to the valuable 
services he rendered to the cause of education in this town. 

As a citizen, he stood foremost among those who supported by 
voice and influence those measures which were for the best interests 
of the public. 



70 ANNUAL REPORTS 

We feel that in his death we have experienced a personal loss, 
that the schools have lost a generous and devoted friend and the 
town a faithful public officer and worthy citizen. 

During the year several important changes have been effected in 
the school system, changes which have for some time urged them- 
selves upon us but which have for various reasons been deferred un- 
til now. 

As required by a recent statute, the high school year has been 
lengthened from 36 weeks to 40 weeks. In compliance with the 
provisions of the same statute, the enumeration of children between 
the ages of 5 and 15 years is now made in September of each year 
and the return of school statistics to the state authorities is to be 
made annually in April, for the school year ending in the preceding 
June. 

The compulsory school age is now from 7 to 14 years instead of 
from 8 to 14 years, as formerly. 

At the beginning of the school year, intermediate schools were 
established at the Center and South villages and the North school 
was closed, its pupils being transported to the Center schools ; at 
the same time 9 grades were established in the schools below the 
high school, the primary, intermediate and grammar schools having 
in each three grades. 

There being no room for another school in the South school 
building, Central hall was leased in August, at a rental of $125. per 
annum, and fitted up for the use of the grammar school. 

The room in the Center school building, heretofore occupied for 
a supply room, being required for school purposes, it became neces- 
sary to secure suitable accommodationselse.vhsre. Mr. A. L. M)y^s 
kindly permitted us to partition off a part of a storehouse belonging 
to him, and the room so secured is now occupied as a supply roo.n, 
at a very moderate rental. 

New and convenient sanitaries have been built at the Center and 
the interior woodwork in all the school buildings has been cleaned 
and varnished. 

In September, Miss Marion M. Brown of Littleton, a skilled mu- 
sician, who had received special training for the work, offered her 



TOWN OF ACTON. 71 

services as instructor in music in the schools, at a nominal salary. 
The need of such an instructor has been great and the offer was at 
once accepted. 

The enumeration of September, 1899, discloses the fact that 
more than 67% (67.03) of the children of school age have never, 
been vaccinated. The percentage of children belonging in the sev- 
eral schools thus unprotected is as follows : 

South schools, 100 pupils, unvaccinated, 52% 

West " ( 87 " " 79.31% 

Center " 92 " « 71.74% 

The attention of the community, and especially of parents and 
physicians, to the large number of children unguarded against the 
attacks of a loathesome and very fatal form of disease, is earnestly 
requested. 

The prevalence of small-pox, in epidemic form, in many localities 
in the southern and western states, the recent outbreaks of this dis- 
ease in a number of Massachusetts cities and towns, and the in- 
creased liability to contagion in consequence of the return from time 
to time of soldiers and camp-followers from the Philippine Islands, 
where small-pox is now and has been for many years generally prev- 
alent, should influence parents to see to it that their children are 
properly protected, thus anticipating action which the authorities 
may at any time find themselves compelled to take. 

The town, for several years past, has very generously appropri- 
ated the sum of $100 for the purchase of books and apparatus for 
the High school and the school is now well provided with apparatus. 
Many books are, however, still needed for the reference library. 
For the purchase of these books, of laboratory supplies and of such 
pieces of apparatus as may from time to time be required, we 
recommend an appropriation of $50. 

The appropriation of $1600 for the support of the High school 
has been, in recent years, insufficient for the purpose. Deficits 
have, however, been more than met by receipts from tuition fees. 
With the close of the present school year the income from fees will 
probably have ceased, while the cost of maintenance will be slightly 
greater on account of the lengthened school year. We therefore 



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ask for $1700 for the support of the High school, a net increase in 
the appropriation for High school purposes, the appropriation for 
apparatus, etc. being considered, of $50. 

We also ask for an appropriation of $3550 for the support of the 
common schools. 

s The system of transportation of pupils to the school centers being 
now completed and well organized and there being necessity, at 
times, slight differences in the demands made upon the funds at our 
disposal by the several branches of the system, it is recommended 
that the appropriation for transportation of pupils be made under a 
single item. 

During the year gifts of valuable engravings, for the high school 
rooms, from the High school class of '99, and of a piano for the use 
of the Center schools from Dr. Arthur Cowdrey, of Stoneham, have 
been received. The thanks of the town and of the committee are 
due and are here tendered to the givers. 

The appropriation of $100 for the purchase of apparatus and 
books for the High school has been expended as follows : apparatus, 
$61.75; books, $34.56; express, $1.80. 

There has been received from the commonwealth the sum of 
$375 on account of superintendency for the year ending Sept., 
1899. 

The report of the purchasing agent of the board is appended. 

Pupils, who have not previously attended school, will, in future, 
be admitted to the primary schools only at the beginning of the 
fall term. 



RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES 
On Account of Schools for the Year 1899-1900. 





RECEIPTS. 




Appropriation 
a 


for common schools, 
" High school, 
" school supplies, 


$3,400.00 

1,600.00 

475.00 




" transportation S. E. pupils, 
" " E. 


270.00 
360.00 


u 


" " N 
S. 


240.00 
240.00 



TOWN OF ACTON. 73 

Appropriation for apparatus and books for High school, $100.00 

" " salary of superintendent, 450.00 

Received from Massachussetts School Fund, 294.38 

" " dog licenses, 241.53 

" " tuition fees, High school, 50.00 



$7,720.91 

Note. The item of $240 for transportation of South pupils 
necessarily appears here since the sum was appropriated. It, how- 
ever, has not been drawn upon or in any way considered as a part 
of the school fund. 

EXPENDITURES. 

For common schools, $3,904.35 

High school, 1,684.99 

School supplies, 483.21 

Transportation S. E. pupils, 255.00 

« E. " 380.00 

N. " 210.40 

Apparatus and books for High school, 98.11 

Salary of superintendent of schools, 450.00 



$7,466.06 
Apparent unexpended balance, $254.85 

See above " note," 240.00 



Actual unexpended balance, $14.85 



ESTIMATES FOR THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS 
For the Year 1900-1901. 

For common schools, * $3,550.00 

High school, 1,700.00 

School supplies, 475.00 

Transportation, 990.00 

Books, etc., for High school, 50.00 

Salary of superintendent of schools, 450.00 

$7,215.00 

For the School Committee, 

CHAS. J. WILLIAMS, Chairman. 



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Graduating Exercises of Acton High School, 

Class of '99, 

At the Town Hall, Thursday Evening, June 15th, 

at Eight o'clock. 



PROGRAMME. 

1. March, ....... Orchestra 

2. Prayer, ..... Rev. Bernard Copping 

3. Song, "The Loreley" ...... School 

4. Address, ..... Mr. Henry Whittemore 

Prin. of Framingham Normal School 

5. Song, "Recessional" ..... Class of '99 

6. Conferring of Diplomas, . Supt. Andrew S. Thomson 

7. Music, ........ Orchestra 



GRADUATES. 

Classical Course. 



Mary Lizzie Burroughs, Genie Evelyn Fletcher, 

Jennie Purner Fletcher, Alia Blanche Hesselton, 

Vera May Knowlton, Ruth Louise Piper, 

* Marion Wood. 

English Course. 

Maud Virginia Colburn, Charles Henry Richardson, 

Harlan Lewis Richardson, Elaine Climena Symonds, 

Sidney Stephen Shattuck. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 75 



Superintendent's Report 



To the School Co?ni?iittee : 

Gentlemen : The passage of another year makes it my duty to 
report to your honorable body and, through you, to the people of the 
town of Acton, the progress made by our schools during this period. 

Heretofore the report which the School Committee has made to 
the State has covered a fiscal year from March to March. Hereafter 
it will cover a school year from September to June. The reason for 
the change is explained in a circular issued in 1898, from the office 
of the Secretary of the State Board of Education, portions of which 
read 'as follows : 

"The new school census, (Chapter 496, Acts of 1898, Section 13,) 
is to be taken for the first time in September, 1899. It is recom- 
mended that, in all towns and cities that do not already require it, 
school registers shall be opened and enrolment lists begun at that 
time, and that thereafter school attendance facts shall be determined 
for a school year beginning at that time. The attendance facts for 
a majority of the children in the State are already determined for 
such a school year. In 1895 most of the towns and cities in the 
State, through the chairmen of their School Committees or their Su- 
perintendents of Schools, expressed themselves in favor of such a 
school year. The change is feasible and desirable and the time is 
ripe for it. 

In the school returns to be made to the State Board of Education 
on or before April 30, 1901, it is desired that school attendance data 
from every town and city shall cover the school year that ends in 
June, 1900. Towns and cities that can report on or before April 30, 
1900, attendance data for the school year ending in June, 1899, or 
on or before April 30, 1899 attendance data for the school year end- 
ing in June, 1898, are requested to do so. 



76 ANNUAL REPORTS 

If in changing to the new school year recommended there is a 
duplication of returns to the State because of the overlapping of 
school years, there is no objection so long as the returns made cover 
a full year. 

Money returns of school expenditures must be made up, as here- 
tofore, from the fiscal years of the towns and cities, whatever those 
fiscal years may be. The fact that money returns and attendance 
returns do not and, under the present conditions, cannot cover pre- 
cisely the same year throughout the State, does not materially impair 
the usual conclusions that are drawn from the relations of the one 
set to the other." 

The school census was taken in September, 1899, as is now re- 
quired by the State. At the end of this report may be found a tabu- 
lated statement showing the enrolment in each of the schools both 
for the year beginning September, 1898, and ending June, 1899, and 
for the fall and winter terms of the present school year. Your at- 
tention is called to the following statistics : 

Number of boys in town between 5 and 15 years, census 

of 1899, 135 

Number of girls in town between 5 and 15 years, census 

of 1899, 144 



Total, 


279 


Number of boys in town between 7 and 14 years, 


99 


" girls " " 7 and 14 years, 


114 


Total, 


213 


Whole number enrolled in all the schools, 


327 


" " between 5 and 15 years, 


294 


<< u u g an( j 14 « 


185 


" " over 15 years, 


33 


" " under 5 years, 


none 


Average membership of all the schools, 


31.05 


" attendance " " 


» 28.95 


Per cent, of attendance of all the schools, 


92.8 


Number of public schools, 


9 



'I OWN OK ACTON. 77 

The present year is proving one of unusual prosperity. The work 
being accomplished in our schools is very progressive and the stand- 
ard of the grades has materially advanced. The improved arrange- 
ment of the schools enables the teachers to do more satisfactory 
work than could be done in previous years. 

All the schools of the town have been concentrated into the three 
larger villages. Thus there have been formed in each of the villages 
three schools with three grades in each room. This establishment of 
nine grades below the High school is a project which for some time 
has been regarded with favor by the School Committee. 

The formation of the Ninth Grade is going to work with good re- 
sults upon our High school by completing in the Grammar schools 
the work which ought to he done there. We shall now be able to 
prepare pupils to grasp more comprehensively the High school 
studies. 

The union of the North Acton school with that of the Center has 
worked to the advantage of the pupils of both schools. The pupils 
of the northern district are brought into competition with pupils from 
other parts of the town, and a spirit of emulation is aroused which 
spurs pupils on to their best efforts. The advantage to the Center 
lies in the incentive of larger classes and in the better arrangement 
of the schools where the teachers have three grades instead of four. 

After much careful consideration and the abandonment of several 
proposed schemes for the relief of the South Acton schools the 
School Committee determined to rent the Central Hall for the use 
of the Grammar school. Though some expense was involved in se- 
curing this hall the improvement in the South schools warranted the 
outlay. The location of the hall is not all that can be desired but is 
the best which could be obtained and will answer the purposes of the 
Grammar school until the Town sees fit to build a new High school 
building and thereby leave the present building for the use of the 
graded schools. 

The South primary is too numerous for the room it occupies, but 
a large class is to be promoted to the Intermediate at the end of 
this school year, which will relieve the primary for next year. 
Owing to several double promotions in the Intermediate school, 
the class which is to be promoted from the Intermediate to the 



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ANNUAL RFPORTS. 



Grammar school is rather large and therefore it seems as if the 
pupils will be much more evenly distributed between the three 
schools the coming year. 

The West Acton schools have continued with .another year of 
prosperity. For a time, during the winter term, both in South and 
West Acton, the prevalence of diphtheria made the attendance 
very small. 

In the work of the year an effort has been made to drill more 
thoroughly upon the essentials of knowledge, which every citizen in 
our republic must know in order that he shall perform well the 
duties of life. 

The subject of reading has been given considerable attention. 
The principles of the Rational system of reading are gradually being 
introduced into the primary schools. This system combines the 
good points of the phonic method and the sentence method. Many 
of the larger schools are obtaining excellent results from this system. 

Its final adoption can be no mistake. In last year's report the 
importance of reading was emphasized and I would again make 
emphatic this branch of learning. A little greater incentive to home 
reading might be aroused by having a contest between the pupils 
of the different ninth grades, and a medal awarded to the best 
reader. Such a contest could be conducted by impartial judges and 
become a source of inspiration to many who would not otherwise 
develop themselves in this line. 

The study of grammar has been confined almost entirely to the 
last three grades in the Grammar school. Much valuable time can 
be wasted in trying to teach the technical rules of our language to 
children before they come to the age of reason. If a child has 
acquired the habit of using correctly ordinary English sentences, the 
rules of grammar can be taught in a much shorter time than has 
been formerly supposed. The importance of the study of language 
is due to the fact that every spoken or written sentence bears the 
mark of scholarship or betrays weakness in training. A strong 
effort is being made to get more freedom of expression and a more 
accurate use of the idioms of the English language. 

The teachers are making an especial effort to help the children 
gain a mastery of the fundamental processes of arithmetic. Speed 
and accuracy are very important accomplishments in dealing with 



TOWN OF ACTON. 79 

number work. Reasoning power develops surprisingly fast when the 
operations are performed with little loss of energy. When the 
mechanical work of arithmetic is performed almost by reflex action* 
the whole energy can be concentrated upon the reasoning process 
involved in the solution of the problem. 

We have made material progress with our music work in the 
schools this year. We were favored in securing the services of 
Miss Marian Brown of Littleton, as supervisor of the music in this 
town. Miss Brown was so situated that she could give her time at a 
comparative slight compensation. The work in music has taken on 
a progresssve form and the teachers are being greatly assisted by the 
aid of a specialist in this valuable field of development and culture. 
Many persons disregard the developing power of musical training. 
There are few studies in our school curriculum which demand such 
close attention on the part of the children, and give so good a com- 
bined training for the eye, the ear, and the voice, as does music, as 
it is taught in our public schools today. Music also quickens the 
receptive faculties and stimulates elevating emotions. 

The establishment of a ninth grade made it necessary to remodel 
the course of study in the High school. The new course is some- 
what broader than the previous course, as it embraces a four years' 
course in English, four years of history, and considerable more time 
to be devoted to the natural sciences. 

Two courses are offered, the classical and the general. The 
studies of the classical course are all required and point directly to 
the Bachelor of Arts course in college. Tne general course offers 
a free elective list, requiring only the most essential studies, as 
English, mathematics and history. A student who takes the general 
course, if he elects Latin, German and French may prepare for 
college as well as by the classical course. There are very few of the 
colleges, and none of the larger ones, that now require Greek for 
admission. We believe that if a student goes through our schools 
and maintains a good standing he is fitted to enter almost any of the 
colleges of our country. 

To prepare for Normal school a student should take Latin and 
one modern language, devoting all the time possible to history and 
the natural sciences. 



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ANNUAL REPORTS 



In order to offer so large a list of studies it is necessary to resort 
to several alternating subjects, one coming one year and the other 
the next. When a third teacher shall be added to the teaching 
force of our High school we can have these courses offered every 
year, beside several studies, such as drawing, supplementary to more 
fundamental branches. 

I submit the course of study as established. 

COURSE OF STUDY FOR ACTON HIGH SCHOOL. 





Classical. 




General Course. 






Periods 


Periods 






per week. 


per week. 


Algebra 




3. 


*Algebra 3 


English 




3 


* English 3 


G. and R. 


History 


3 


*G. and R. History 3 


Physiology 


and Botany 


3 


* Latin, Physiology and Botany 3 


Latin 




4 


Latin 4 
Business Arithmetic 4 


Geometry 




4 


*Geometry 4 


English 




3 


* English 3 


History 




3 


* History 3 


Latin 




4 


Geology and Phys. Geog'y. 


Greek 




4 


one-half year each 3 

Latin 4 

I German or French 3 


English 




3 


*English 3 


Physics (or Chemistry) 


3 


*Physics or Chemistry 3 


French or 


German 


3 


Eng. History or U. S. History 3 


Latin 




4 


I French or II German 3 


Greek 




4 


Latin 4 
French or German 3 
Adv. Math. 4 


English 




3 


* English 3 


Latin 




4 


*Chemistry or Physics 3 


Greek 




4 


U. S. Hist, or Eng. History 3 


Review Mathematics 


2 


French or German 3 


French or 


German 


3 


Pol. Economy ^ and Ast. % 3 
Latin 4 
Rev. Math. 3 



*Themes. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 81 

Note 1. Pupils taking the General Course are required to elect 
studies which have sixteen recitation periods per week. 

Note 2. Starred subjects in the General Course are required. 

Note 3. « All studies in the Classical Course are required. 

Note 4. Alternates : 

German and French 

Physics and Chemistry 

Mediaeval and United States History. 

Note 5. The Junior and Senior years have parallel courses in Eng- 
lish. Different books are read in two successive years. 

Note 6. The books read in the last two years are those required 
for entrance to the New England colleges. As this require- 
ment changes for each year, teachers must plan the work for 
each class according to the time when the class will be prepared 
to enter college. 

The High School Monitor, a literary and local record, was be- 
gun this year, when the first number appeared in December. The 
paper is issued monthly and is edited by the pupils of the school. 
The paper has a two-fold purpose : it gives a definite aim and prac- 
tical value to daily theme writing; it also gives experience in con- 
ducting a real business enterprise. The paper reflects credit upon 
the school and the pupils should be encouraged by teachers, friends 
and parents to exert their power and increase their interest in a 
movement so in harmony with the object of secondary schools. 

The statutes in regard to the vaccination is not being complied 
with. Almost every year contagious diseases make inroads upon 
our schools. Certainly, every precaution should be taken to pre- 
vent especially dangerous forms of disease. If compelling a strict 
conformance to the law seems too radical a step, a rule should be 
passed making it necessary for a child who enters school for the 
first time to present a certificate of vaccination from a practising 
physician, or else a statement showing that the child is not in a fit 
condition for vaccination. 

There has been a greater change of teachers in the town during 
the last year than serves the best interests of the schools. Miss 
Florence Day, who for the last four years served so faithfully and 



82 ANNUAL REPORTS 

with so much enthusiasm in the Center primary, was compelled, on 
account of failing health, to give up her school a few weeks before 
the spring term closed. Miss Day was a teacher who gave her 
whole life to her school and it is with much regret that we hear of 
her delicate health. 

Miss Florence Moran, who had taught the West Acton Intermediate 
school last year, was unable on account of the state of her health to 
' resume her duties this year. 

The several vacancies were filled in September by the following 
teachers : the Center primary by Miss Cora Warren, the West 
Intermediate by Miss Catherine Sweeney, the South Intermediate 
by Miss Eva Brewer, the South primary by Miss Anna Chase, the 
South Grammar by Miss Edith Marrow. Miss Ella Miller, the for- 
mer teacher of the North Acton school, was transferred to the 
Center Intermediate. Miss Mary Burke did not return after the 
schools were closed on account of diphtheria, and Miss Mary Ran- 
dall was secured for the place. 

At the close of the fall term Miss Edith Marrow of the South 
Grammar school was offered a more lucrative position in high 
school work for which she was well fitted. Her request for release 
was granted and her position was filled by Miss Eva Barton of 
Stoneham. 

During the summer we had reason to mourn the death of our 
good friend and worthy Committeeman, Dr. Hutchins. His 
friendly advice and encouraging words are greatly missed. For 
many years Dr. Hutchins devoted a great deal of energy to the 
advancement of public enterprises. Any movement which tended 
to promote the ethical conditions of the community would be sure 
to have his hearty support. Knowing how he is missed in his public 
relations, makes us appreciate, in some measure, the void in the 
lives of those with whom he has been more intimately associated. 

In closing this, my second and last report as superintendent of 
the schools of Acton, I wish to express my approbation of the 
masterful and businesslike manner in which the work of this com- 
mittee is transacted. It has been a great pleasure to work with a 
committee capable to cope with difficulties which arise and so 
thoroughly in sympathy with school betterment. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



83 



The evidence on the part of the teachers of devotion to duty and 
of singleness of aim in promoting the weal of the schools, in gen- 
eral, and of the pupils, in particular, has been an unfailing source of 
gratification. 

The appreciative support of the townspeople has been a constant 
encouragement and incentive. 

Yours respectfully, 

ANDREW S. THOMSON. 



ATTENDANCE REPORT FOR ACTON, 1898-99. 



Name of School. 


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<v 

g 

3 


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s 


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>-. 

5 
3 


High 


9-12 


36 


52 


48.5 


46.7 


96.0 


23 


19 


29 


So. Grammar . 


4—8 


36 


36 


26.5 


24.5 


92.0 


35 


30 


1 


So. Primary 


1—3 


36 


54 


44.9 


41.9 


93.3 


54 


15 




Center Grammar . 


5—8 


36 


28 


26.0 


23.9 


92.0 


28 


28 




Center Primary 


1—4 


36 


41 


33.4 


31.4 


94.0 


41 


22 




No. Acton School 


1—7 


36 


23 


21.0 


19.0 


90.0 


23 


17 




West Grammar 


7—8 


36 


19 


16.18 


15.29 


94.0 


16 


15 


3 


West Intermediate 


4—6 


36 


29 


28.91 


26.05 


90.0 


29 


27 




West Primary . 


1—3 


36 


45 


34.07 


31.87 


94.4 


45 


12 




Totals .... 




324 


327 


31.05 


28.95 


92.8 


294 


185 


33 



84 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



STATISTICS FOR FALL AND WINTER TERMS, 1899-1900. 



NAMES 








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High School, 








31 


29.2 


27.3 


93.0 


4 


7 


24 


So. Grammar, 9, 8, 7 

r 


6-15 


11 


i 


20 


17.9 


17.0 


95.0 


14 


20 




So. Intermediate, -j 
f 


4-12 
3-25 


9 

8 


n 

4 


27 


25.9 


24.6 


94.5 


27 


27 




So. Primary, < 
( 


2- 7 
1-17 
9- 6 


7 

6 

13 


1 
5 


48 


43.7 


38.4 


87.7 


29 


48 




West Grammar, -j 

r 


8-10 
7- 9 
6- 8 


13 
11 
12 


3 

11 

3 


25 


23.2 


22.0 


94.3 


23 


25 




West Intermediate 4 
f 


5- 6 
4- 8 
3-11 


10 
9 

8 


4 
3 


22 


21.6 


20.1 


94.6 


21 


21 


1 


West Primary, -| 
f 


2- 8 
1-20 
9- 4 


7 

5 

14 


7 

11 

4 


39 


35.0 


31.4 


90.0 


18 


39 




Center Grammar, < 
( 


8- 8 
7-10 
6-12 


13 
13 
11 


6 

2 
6 


22 


20.0 


18.8 


94.0 


11 


22 




Center Intermed. -| 
f 


5-11 
4-14 
3-13 


11 
9 

8 


1 
9 

2 


38 


35.7 


32.8 


92.0 


34 


34 




Center Primary, -< 


2-11 
1- 9 


7 
6 


7 
3 


33 


30.3 


25.5 


84.7 


23 


33 












305 


26.2 


25.8 


92.03 


204 


276 


25 



TOWN OF ACTON. 



85 



LIST OF TEACHERS. 



Name of School. 


Teacher. 


Appointed 


Educated. 


Salary 










Year. 


High. — Principal, 


Walter DeVault, 


1899 


Brown '98 


$1000 


Assistant, 


Florence Fletcher, 


1895 


Fram'ham Norm. 


500 
Week. 


South Grammar, 


Eva Barton, 


1899 


Smith 


10.00 


South Intermediate, 


Eva M. Brewer, 


1899 


Everett Normal 


10.00 


South Primary, 


Annie B. Chase, 


1899 


Fram'ham Norm. 


10.00 


Center Grammar, 


Sara G. Small, 


1898 


Salem Normal 


10.00 


Center Intermediate, 


Ella L. Miller, 


1899 


Fram'ham Norm. 


10.00 


Center Primary, 


Cora E. Warren, 


1899 


<( (< 


10.00 


West Grammar, 


Mary A. F. Randall, 


1899 


Brown '99 


10.00 


West Intermediate, 


Catherine Sweeney, 


1899 


Salem Normal 


10.00 


West Primary, 


Harriet H. Gardner, 


1889 




10.00 



SCHOOL CALENDAR.* 

1900. 

March 26. — All schools open Spring term. 
June 15. — Common schools close Spring term. 
June 22. — High school closes Spring term. 
September 4. — All schools open Fall term. 
November 23. — Common schools close Fall term. 
November 28. — High school closes Fall term. 
December 3. — All schools open Winter term. 
December 21. — All schools close for Christmas vacation. 
December 31. — All schools open. 

1901. 
March 1. — Common schools close Winter term. 
March 15. — High school closes Winter term. 
March 25. — All schools open Spring term. 
June 14. — Common schools close Spring term. 
June 21. — High school closes Spring term. 



Calendar subject to change. 



86 



ANNUAL REPORTS 



Roll of Honor 

For Fall and Winter Terms 1899-1900. 



Number after name indicates number of terms not absent or 
tardy. 

High School : 

Ethel M. Quimby, Winifred G. Chandler, Maud B. Priest (2), 
Flora B. Reed, Lizzie J. Brown, Ella M. Keith, Ethel B. Hastings. 

South Intermediate : 

Karl Jones (2), Benjamin Sawyer (2). 
South Primary : 

"Russell Quimby, Kenneth Reed, Irving Brewster, Howard 
Quimby. 

West Grammar : 

Crosby Hoar, Isabella Green, Eva Lawrence (2), Richard 
Kinsley (2), Harold Littlefield, Frank Morrison, Fred Easterbrook, 
Carl Hoar, Eugene McCarthy. 

West Intermediate : 

Clara Richardson (2), Pansy Nickerson, Annie Kinsley, Ralph 
Lawrence, Frank Moan, Vera Charlton, Idelle Meade. 

West Primary : 

Elmer E. Boyce (2), Kenneth R. Charlton (2), Ella M. Schnair, 
P. Joseph Schnair (2), Zara Schnair (2), Charles W. Schnair (2), 
G. Ernest Smith, Edward Gough, Marion Nickerson, Edward A. 
Moan. 

Center Grammar : 

Arthur Wayne (2), Mable Thompson, Lester Blodgett, Bennie 
Reed. 

Center Intermediate : 

Alfred B. Harris, Henry Mekkelsen, Carl L. Thompson, Leonard 
D. White, Arthur F. Harris, Gaylon M. Spinney, Forest R. Spinney, 
Leonard D. White, H. Irving Worden. 

Center Primary : 

Arnold Lincoln (2), Bertha Mekkelsen, Ida Mekkelsen, Varnum 
Tuttle, Arthur Morse, Sarah Wood, Maud Harris. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 87 



flusic Teacher's Report. 



To Mr. A. S. Thomson, 

Superintendent of Schools of Acton : 

Dear Sir : — In all the schools I found the scholars more or less 
deficient in the rudiments of music, but a large proportion having 
good voices. 

The children have shown great interest and given excellent atten- 
tion to instruction so that there has been a marked improve- 
ment in their singing. 

The teachers have heartily cooperated with the instructor and 
thereby added much to the success attained. 

The interest shown by the children is proof of their love for 
music, and its cultivation and development may well prove a part of 
the school work. 

MARIAN M. BROWN, Musical Instructor. 



88 ANNUAL REPORTS 



Department of School Supplies. 



To the School Committee : 

The annual report of the expense account of this department is 
respectfully submitted. 

D. C. Heath & Co. 



March 30 


. 5 Walsh intermediate ar 
tics, 


ithme- 


$1.75 






Less 1-6, 




;.29— 


$1.46 


April 1, 


32 dozen writing books, 




24.00 






Less 1-6, 




4.00— 


20.00 


Sept. 5. 


12 Walsh arithmetics, 




3.60 






Less 1-6, 




.60— 


3.00 


Nov. 3. 


9 dozen writing books, 




6.75 






Less 1-6, 




1.12— 


5.63 



$30.09 



J. L. Hammett Co. 



March 18. 1 Johnson map, U. S. spring 




roller, 


$3.00 


4 copper ink fillers, 


4.60- 


March 29. 100 sheets Botany mounting pa- 




per, 


.75 


100 Cornhill pads, 


3.50 


5 reams medium drawing pa- 




per, 00,6x9, 


2.00 


5 reams medium drawing pa- 




per, 00 12x18, 


8.00 


200 blank books, No. 140, 


8.00- 



$7.60 



22.25 



TOWN OF ACTON. 89 

April 8. 5 Robinson Crusoe, $1.80 

10 fractional discs, .96— $2.76 

April 20. 8 No. 3, Courtship of Miles Standish, 1.05 





postage, 


.09— 


1.14 


May 6. 


6 Round the World, B. C. 1, 


1.92— 


1.92 


May 5. 


2 dozen No. 30, rulers, 


.54 






200 spelling blanks, No. 120, 


2.00 






9 gross Gillett's pens, No. 1046, 


2.40 






5 gross Eagle pens, No. 2, 


2.00 






11 reams, No. 27, letter, 


7.70 






100 lbs. arithmetic paper, 


3.00 






200 Cornhill pads, 


7.00 






2 dozen Treasury mucilage, 


1.40 






50 reams H. 3, practice paper, 


22.50 






10 gross H. B. pencils, 


7.20 






\ case white crayons, 


3.00 






3 gross J. L. H. pens, No. 1, 


1.80 






1 gross penholders, 


.72 






1 dozen Carter's ink, 


4.50 






2 lbs. rubber erasers, No. 120, 


1.50 






2 dozen number cards, 


.48 






60 dozen colored pencils, 


12.50 








$80.24 






Credit 1 dozen Carter's ink, 


4.50— 


75.74 


May 6. 


1 set 8 excelsior map boards, 


20.00 






1 " " cases, 


20.00— 


40.00 


May 9. 


17 reams, No. 27, letter, 


11.90— 


11.90 


April 27. 


Repairing pencil sharpeners, 


.25— 


.25 


May 29. 


1 box Falcon pens, 


.45 






200 tags, 


.54 






2 dozen Treasury ink, 


6.00— 


6.99 


July 29. 


1 Geography Gazeteer, Lipp, 


6.67 






1 Biography " " 


6.66 






1 Webster Int. Dictionary, 


8.50 






3 globes, No. 210, 


9.00— 


30.83 


Sept. 11. 


5 reams H. L. paper, 


2.25 






6 dozen, No. 30, rulers, 


.80— 


3.05 



90 


ANNUAL REPORTS 






Sept. 12. 


12 Zoology note books, 


$ .90 






1 copper ink filler, 


1.15— 


#2.05 


Sept. 20. 


23 blocks Centennial Illustrat- 








ed maps, 


6.90— 


6.90 


Sept. 18. 


Repairing pencil sharpener, 


.50— 


.50 


Sept. 22. 


12 packages colored paper, No. 
211, 


1.92— 


1.92 


Sept. 22. 


250 Baldwin report books, 


4.25— 


4.25 


" 27. 


Repairing pencil sharpeners, 


.15— 


.15 


28. 


6 dozen, No. 33, rulers, 


.63 






10 packages folding paper, No. 
211, 


1.60 






1 block Centennial Illustrated 








maps, 


.30— 


2.53 


Oct. 23. 


100 No. 140, blank books, 

3 reams 6x9, 00, medium draw- 


4.00 






ing paper, 


1.20 






8 packages 4x4 colored paper, 


1.28 






2 dozen small globes, 


5.00— 


11.48 


Nov. 10. 


3 dozen White's drawing books, 








No. 1, 


2.70 






\ dozen boxes Little artist, 


1.20 






5 dozen table cards, 


1.80— 


5.70 


Nov. 11. 


1 dozen White's drawing books, 








No. 2, 


.90 






1 dozen Daisy scissors, 


1.00 






10 In Mythland, 


2.70— 


4.60 


Dec. 4. 


1 dozen White's drawing books, 








No. 2, 


.90— 


.90 


Jan. 2. 


144 sheets colored paper, 


4.32 






Credit 8 packages colored paper, 


1.28— 


3.04 


Jan. 18. 


15 Round the World, No. 1, 


4.80— 


4.80 


Jan. 31. 


\ dozen Excelsior compasses, 


.54— 


.54 



#253.79 

Silver, Burdett & Co. 

April 3. 12 Systematic ex. blanks, #3.00 

Less 1-6, .50— #2.50 





TOWN OF 


ACTON. 




91 


April 6. 


36 Stepping Stones to 
ture, No. 2, 


Litera- 


#14.40 






Less 1-6, 




2.40— 


$12.00 


Sept. 5. 


3 Wards Primers, 

3 " 1st Readers. 

3 " Manuals, 




1.08 
1.08 
1.08 






$3.24 






Less 1-6, 




.54— 


2.70 


Sept. 9. 


10 Stepping Stones to 
ture, No. 2, 


Litera- 


4.00 




Sept. 9. 


40 Stepping Stones to 
ture. No. 1, 


Litera- 


12.00 






#16.00 






Less 1-6, 




2.66— 


13.34 


Sept. 23. 


6 Stepping Stones to 
ture, No. 1, 


Litera- 


1.80 






Less 1-6, 




.30— 


1.50 


Oct. 9. 


4 A. & C. pitch pipes, 




1.00 






postage, 




.03 


- 1.03 


Oct. 28. 


40 2nd Music Readers, 


part 1, 


14.40 






Less 1-6, 




2.40— 


12.00 



GlNN & CO. 



$45.07 



April 27. 


6 Prince arithmetics, No. 1, 


1.20 






12 « « " 2, 


2.40 








#3.60 






Less 1-6, 


.60— 


$3.00 


Sept. 7. 


2 White & Goodwin Anabasis, 
2 Collar & Daniel Greek Com- 


3.00 






position, 


1.80 








$4.80 






Less 1-6, 


.80— 


4.00 



92 


ANNUAL REPORTS 






Sept. 9. 


18 Montgomery American His- 








tory, 


$18.00 






Less 1-6, 


3.00— 


$15.00 


Setp. 22. 


1 White and Goodwin anabasis, 
1 Collar & Daniel Greek Com- 


1.50 






position, 


.90 






3 Goodwin Greek Grammars, 


4.50 






$6.90 






Less 1-6, 


1.15— 


5.75 


Oct. 6. 


5 Prince Arithmetics, No. 8, 


1.00 






Less 1-6, 


.17— 


.83 


Oct. 10. 


12 Montgomery American His- 




i 




tory, 


12.00 






10 Water Babies, 


3.50 






$15.50 






Less 1-6, 


2.58— 


12.92 


Nov. 14. 


1 Wentworth School Algebra, 


1.12 






Less 1-6, 


.19 






$ .93 






postage, 


.09— 


1.02 


Jan. 9. 


4 Wentworth School Algebra, 


4.48 






Less 1-6, 


.75 






$3.73 






Express, 


.15— 


3.88 


Jan. 9. 


5 Cyrs Primers, 


1.20 






Less 1-6, 


.20— 


1.00 



American Book Co. 

May 4. 50 Natural advanced Geog- 
raphies, 62.50 
Less 20%, 12.50 



$47.40 



$50.00 
Credit by old books, 12.50— 37.50 



TOWN OF ACTON. 93 

Sept. 8. 12 Webster Primary Dictiona- 
ries, $5.76 
Less 20%, 1.16— $4.61 
Sept. 8. 35 Natural elementary Geog- 
raphies, 21.00 
Less 20%, 4.20 



12.60 







$16.80 




Credit by old books, 


4.20- 


Sept. 15. 


12 Webster Primary Dictiona- 






ries, 


5.76 




Less 20%, 


1.15- 


Jan. 3. 


6 Story of the Romans, 

6 Webster Primary Dictiona- 


3.60 




ries, 


2.88 



4.61 



$6.48 
Less 20%, 1.29— 5.19 



$64.51 



Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 



May 18. 6 Riverside Primers, 

Oct. 28. 20 Lady of the Lake, 

postage, 



1.53— 


1.53 


5.10 




.12— 


5.22 



Edward E. Babb & Co. 



$6.75 



Sept. 16. 


7 Tans Physical Geography, 1st 








book, 


7.70 






Less 1-6, 


1.28— 


6.42 


Sept. 21. 


2 Tans Physical Geography, 1st 








book, 


2.20 






Less 1-6, 


.17— 


1.83 



$8.25 



94 annual reports 

Thorp & Martin. 
Sept. 25. 1 tube mimeograph ink, $ 1.50 — $1.50 



$1.50 
DeWolf, Fiske & Co. 
Sept. 23. 5 Routledge French Dictionaries, 2.50— 2.50 



$2.50 
W. A. Charles. 
April 29. Music books, 1.15— 1.15 



$1.15 

C. J. Williams. 
Nov. 21. Supplies, $1.50— 1.50 



Express and Freight Charges. 



Paid W. A. Charles 
R. Howe, 
C. L. Bradford, 
W. S. Warren, 
T. Evans, 
A. L. Noyes, 
W. A. DeVault, 



Credit supplies sold, 



$1.50 



.60 






1.41 






.15 






.15 






5.25 






16.03- 






.40- 


- 23.99- 


- 23.99 






$486.50 






3.29 



$483.21 
The supplies now in the supply room are valued at $75. 

CHARLES J. WILLIAMS, 

Purchasing Agent. 



TOWN OF ACTON. 95 



Town Warrant. 

For Annual Meeting, March 26, 1900. 



Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Middlesex ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in the 
County of Middlesex, Greeting : 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of 
Acton, qualified to vote in elections and town affairs, to assemble in 
the Town Hall, in said Town, on Monday, the twenty-sixth day of 
March, a. d., 1900, at 11.30 o'clock a. m., then and there to act 
on the following articles, as they may think proper, viz : 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said 
meeting. 

Art. 2. To see if the Town will accept the reports of the 
Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor, School Committee and other 
Town officers. 

Art. 3. To choose all necessary Town officers and com- 
mittees, and fix salaries. 

Art. 4. To hear and act upon fche report of any committee 
chosen to report at this meeting. 

Art. 5. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the due observance of Memorial Day. 

Art. 6. To see if the Town will accept the jury list as re- 
vised by the Selectmen. 

Art. 7. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the repairing of roads and bridges the present year. 

Art. 8. To see if the Town will authorize its Treasurer, 
with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money for the 
Town, if necessary, in anticipation of taxes the current year. 



96 ANNUAL REPORTS 

Art. 9. To vote Yes or No in answer to the question : 
Shall licenses be granted for the sale of intoxicating liquors in 
Acton the present year. 

Art. 10. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the support of Memorial Library the present year. 

Art. 11. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for the support of schools the present year, and act anything 
thereon. 

Art. 12. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for school supplies the present year. 

Art. 13. To see if the Town will raise a sum of money for 
the enforcement of the liquor laws. 

Art. 14. To see if the Town will maintain street lamps the 
present year, or act anything thereon. 

Art. 15. To see if the Town will accept the laying out or 
relocating by the Road Commissioners of the road from Boxboro 
to South Acton ; in West Acton from a point near the house of 
Eugene L. Hall to a point near the house of W. H. Lawrence. 

Art. 16. To see if the Town will accept the widening and 
straightening by the Road Commissioners of the road from South 
Acton to Stow, near the house of Mrs. Davidson and Bowles. 

Art. 17. To see if the Town will vote to discontinue the 
road leading from a point near the house of Daniel Hennessey 
northerly to the Acton Centre road. 

Art. 18. To see if the Town will vote to hold but one 
Annual Town meeting instead of two. 

Art. 19. To see if the Town will rescind all action -taken 
on Articles 21 and 22, in Warrant of April 3, 1899, and accept 
ordinance in reference to Cemetery Trust Fund, or take any acti.-n 
thereon. 

Art. 20. To see what action the Town will take in reference 
to the collection of taxes the present year. 

Art. 21. To see what action the Town will take in reference 
to furnishing crushed stone for its roads. 



10WN OF ACTON. 97 

Art. 22. To see if the Town will vote to build a new bridge 
near the Powder Mills on the road leading to Concord, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Art. 23. To see what amount of money the Town will raise 
for Town charges. 

The polls will be open by 11.45 o'clock, A. M., and maybe closed 
at 3.45 o'clock P. M. 

And you are hereby directed to serve this Warrant by posting cop- 
ies, attested by you, in the following places : one in each of the 
Post Offices in the town, one at each of the railroad stations in the 
town, one in each of the stores of C. H. Mead & Co., M. E. Taylor 
& Co., H. A. Littlefield, Tuttle & Newton, one at the office of F. J. 
Hastings & Co., and one at the Nagog House, seven days at least 
before the time appointed for holding said meeting. 

Hereof fail not, and make due return of this Warrant, with 
you doings thereon, to the Selectmen or Town Clerk, on or before 
the time appointed for holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands, in Acton, this tenth day of March, in the 
year of our Lord one thousand and nine hundred. 

E. FAULKNER CONANT, 
WILLIAM F. STEVENS, 
DAVID C. HARRIS, 

Selectmen of Acton. 



INDEX TO CONTENTS. 











PAGE 


Town Officers ........ 3 


Town Clerk's Report 










5 


Town Meetings, 1899 










5-16 


Births 










17 


Marriages 










19 


Deaths 










20 


Dogs Licensed 










22 


Report of Selectmen 


.. 








24 


List of Jurors 










45 


Road Commissioners 










46 


Treasurer's Report 










49 


Oyerseers of Poor, 










54 


Library Trustees, 










59 


School Report, 










63 


Organization, 










65 


School Calendar, 










66 


Committee, 










69 


Financial Statement, 










72 


High School Graduation Exercises, 








74 


Superintendent's Report, 








75 


Statistical Tables, 








83 


Roll of Honor, 








86 


Music Teacher's Report, 








87 


Department of School Supplies, 








88 


Town Warrant, 










95 



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